Former Google employee suing over alleged wrongful firing

A former Google software engineer has filed a lawsuit against the company claiming he was sacked after speaking out in favour of diversity and against harassment.

The Chevalier lawsuit offers a different spin on the debates that played out on Google's internal email lists and message boards, which the attorney David Lowe described in a statement as "a cesspool of bullying and harassment".

Tim Chevalier is suing the company for discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination and harassment after being removed from his job as a site-reliability engineer, reports Gizmodo.

Chevalier's lawsuit was filed Wednesday in San Francisco County Court.

The news comes a day after it was confirmed that Damore's dismissal was lawful, though he still intends to sue Google for discrimination against white conservatives. Further, HR was also not happy with the internal Google+ post, where Chevalier criticized Republicans for associating themselves with protesters at the White-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In 2016, one employee posted the question, "If we have fewer Black and Latin people here, doesn't that mean they're not as good?" the suit said.

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"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.

Chevalier's lawsuit says that when he began at Google in 2015, Google's workforce was largely "homogenous", composed "overwhelmingly" of cisgender white men - and that "its workplace culture reflected their views". The lawsuit seeks damages for seeks damages for lost wages, emotional distress and punitive damages. 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".

Last year, Damore argued that due to their biological differences, women may not be suited for leadership. Shortly after the memo began to make national headlines, he was sacked by Google CEO Sundar Pichai. However, the United States National Labour Relations Board rejected Damorea's complaint recently and said Google did not violate labour laws when it fired him. The agency believes that Damore was not ousted because he criticized the policies of Google, but over "unprotected discriminatory statements" in his memo.

For now, Google remains legally challenged and internally mired in the same culture war that's engulfed much of the country.

For its part, Google said that "lively debate" was an important pillar of company culture, and that the "overwhelming majority" of employees adhere to its communications guidelines. "But like any workplace, that doesn't mean anything goes". "All employees acknowledge our code of conduct and other workplace policies, under which promoting harmful stereotypes based on race or gender is prohibited".

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