Lawsuit Accuses Google of Being Biased Against Black Employees
The tech company is accused of having a "racially prejudiced corporate culture," according to the lawsuit.
Google is being sued for allegedly maintaining a "racially biased corporate culture" by a person it brought on in 2014 to increase hiring from historically black colleges and universities.
According to Reuters, the case, filed in federal court in San Jose, California, and seeking class-action status,
argues that Google discriminates against Black employees and favours white men, and claims that Black employees make up only 4.4 percent of the workforce.
April Curley, the complainant, claims she was employed as a "marketing ploy" and that Google soon stereotyped her as a "angry" Black woman, ignoring her for promotions, according to the news site.
A request for comment from Google was not immediately returned.
Curley claims she was fired by the corporation in September 2020 after she and her coworkers began working on a list of reforms.
Ben Crump, the lawyer who represented the family of George Floyd after Floyd was murdered by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in May 2020, is representing Curley.
"While Google professes to be working to enhance diversity, their Black employees were being undervalued, underpaid, and mistreated," Crump said in a statement to Reuters.
The case demands punitive damages as well as restitution of lost wages for present and past Black Google employees, as well as reinstatement of their positions.
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