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24 February 2018, 04:59 | Deanna Wagner
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Gizmodo covered this news or first that two former employees have filed the case on the company.
Chevalier, who was born female but transitioned to male in 2007, is disabled by post-traumatic stress disorder and a sleep disorder, the suit said.
Chevalier is one of the four employees who claimed they were disciplined for speaking out internally against racism and sexism. These employees had volunteered before to increase the diversity of Google's staff, since white and Asian men represent the most significant percentage of their workers. "But like any workplace, that does not mean anything goes".
Chevalier regularly participated in these internal discussions, the lawsuit states, "calling out discrimination and harassment for what it was and asking his peers to reflect on perspectives different from their own". According to the suit, Google objected to Chevalier's use of the phrase "white boys" in his blogpost because it "could be perceived as a generalization about race and gender".
"This is a very standard expectation that most employers have of their employees", Scigliano reportedly said. His suit claims that he was singled out for frittering away too much of his day on social activism and for referring to Damore's memo as misogynistic, among other reasons.
"The overwhelming majority of our employees communicate in a way that is consistent with our policies", Scigliano continued.
The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco County Superior Court and Chevalier is seeking damages for lost wages, emotional distress, punitive damages, and injunctive relief against those alleged harmful acts. "We always make our decisions without any regard to the employee's political views". Instead, the company took action when such employees spoke out about their experiences with racism, sexism and homophobia at work, alleged Chevalier, who is transgender, queer and disabled.
The site reliability engineer, Tim Chevalier, claimed in the suit that the Mountain View tech giant's workplace culture was discriminatory toward minorities. "Company social networking forums can be incredibly useful, but employers have an obligation to prevent them from becoming a cesspool of bullying and harassment", Lowe said in a press release.
In a culture where it's common to respond to diversity initiatives with "we can't lower the bar", implying a baseline assumption that women, non-binary people, and men of color are incompetent, it's equally important that we don't do the reverse: that we don't insist on white male competence even in the face of clear evidence to the contrary.
These profiles then became targets of online harassment, some of which Chevalier details in his complaint. Last August, Chevalier and 13 other Google employees were trolled by other employees as a part of a backlash against Damore's firing.
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