Even some of California’s biggest names in technology, many of which tout their innovative practices in the workplace, have been hit by serious allegations of sexual harassment and workplace discrimination. Women workers at Google and other tech firms have raised concerns through walkouts, social media campaigns and news articles highlighting practices that may reflect institutional discrimination at these major firms. In one case, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is investigating a pregnancy discrimination case at Google that originally received attention after an internal memo spread widely outside the company.
Claims of retaliation for discrimination complaint
A former user experience researcher at the tech giant wrote a memo before she left her job for maternity leave in the summer of 2019. She wrote that she did not plan to return to Google after five years of work with the company, alleging that she had been subjected to pregnancy discrimination while on the job. She claimed that her supervisor made disparaging remarks about pregnant women and that she later faced retaliation when she reported the comments. If you face discrimination on the job, you may be afraid to report it. While retaliation is just as unlawful as workplace discrimination itself, many people are justly concerned about potential damage to their careers.
Woman claims she was denied promotion
In particular, the former Google employee said that she suddenly received poor ratings for her performance after making a complaint and was denied a management position. She said that Google’s human resources department never took her claims seriously or investigated them until after she hired an attorney. Google claims that she did not receive a promotion due to an insufficient number of workers and notes that it has changed its policies in addressing claims of sexual harassment and discrimination, providing more transparency into investigations.
Even if you work at a major company with policies in place intended to address workplace discrimination, you may still be held back on the job due to employer or supervisor misconduct. An employment law attorney could provide advice and guidance to help you challenge unlawful discrimination and work to seek justice.