Software developer Tim Chevalier, who is transgender, says he was sacked for speaking up about online bullying he experienced at the company and complaining about discrimination, harassment and white supremacy on Google's internal messaging system.
Former Google employee Tim Chevalier has hit the search engine giant with a lawsuit, in which he alleges he was sacked for his liberal political activism whilst working for the company. Last month Damore sued Google for allegedly discriminating against conservative white males.
The search giant is being sued for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination by a fired engineer named Tim Chevalier. The firm's code of conduct prohibits promotion of harmful stereotypes based on race or gender, said spokeswoman Gina Scigliano. These efforts have left some Google employees concerned that they will face professional consequences if they voice support for Google's diversity and inclusion efforts and wondering if the company's HR system is being gamed by employees who want to stamp out diversity initiatives.
But after he pushed back against the "online bullying" he and others were suffering at the hands of colleagues, Google terminated him, Chevalier claimed.
The case comes after another former Google employee, James Damore, was dismissed after speaking out about the internal politics of the company.
"It is a cruel irony that Google attempted to justify firing me by claiming that my social networking posts showed bias against my harassers", Chevalier said in a statement. "The anti-discrimination laws are meant to protect marginalized and underrepresented groups- not those who attack them". The overwhelming majority of our employees communicate in a way that is consistent with our policies.
In Wednesday's complaint, Chevalier claims that a Google HR representative met with him in September to discuss concerns about his posts on internal forums. Other employees then suggested on the message board that Google would have to lower its hiring standards to increase its number of minority workers.
Chevalier posted multiple charged responses to Damore's memo, calling it "misogynistic" for saying biological differences between men and women were behind the gender pay gap and that women were less suited to be engineers.
Damore also had filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that Google violated his right to participate in protected activity. Shortly after the memo began to make national headlines, he was sacked by Google CEO Sundar Pichai. At the time, advocates said that at least 10 Google employees had been reprimanded by Google's human resources department for making negative comments about Damore's memo or making generalizations about white men.
"We always make our decision without any regard to the employee's political views", the spokesperson said in a statement.