After a complaint was filed in regard to its alleged discriminatory behavior, Google has found itself in hot water. April Curley, a former Google employee, claims that the firm is obviously discriminatory to its black employees, even claiming that they are at risk of harassment.
Google vs. April Curley
Curley filed the complaint in San Jose, California, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit is intended to be filed as a class action. Curley created strategies to recruit black personnel from historically Black schools and institutions throughout her six years at the corporation.
The former employee raised an array of concerns involving the company’s attitude towards black employees. She expressed claims that the company systematically discriminated against their black employees by placing them in low-level jobs which consequently gave Google the opportunity to underpay and inhibit the advancement of these individuals.
Black candidates are allegedly not “Googly”
Curley went on to shed light on the company’s discriminatory hiring process. Candidates who managed to secure an interview were often hazed for being black by being given particularly difficult interview questions.
These were allegedly designed to place these employees at lower-level brackets. Additionally, Many qualified black candidates were portrayed as not being “Googly” enough.
Concerns around Ms Curley’s working environment came to light with Curley stating that she was subjected to a hostile working environment during her six years at the company. She explained that she was often mistaken for two other black employees.
These employees and herself collectively were not allowed to provide input during meetings and sexual misconduct was allegedly initiated when a manager asked her about her sexual preference in terms of partners.
Curley was subjected to a pay reduction
In the lawsuit, Ms Curley stated that in 2019 she suffered a reduction in pay while also being reprimanded after offering feedback in relation to internal practices during a team meeting. A year later she was placed on a performance improvement plan with her employment concluding soon after.
The lawsuit stands alongside multiple complaints from black employees based on their experience in the company. Google has consistently struggled to diversify its workforce in terms of gender and race, reports NYT.