Former employee sues Google for harassment

A former Google employee who was fired after complaining of sexual harassment has filed a lawsuit against the corporate giant. He is seeking $400,000 in damages. He said Google's human resources department told him they thought his claims were not valid because the man he accused of sexual harassment was not gay. After the company finalized its investigation into his claims, the man was fired. Tennessee residents who have experienced sexual harassment at work may be entitled to monetary damages.

The man said his supervisor turned toward him in a meeting room and unzipped his pants. Then the supervisor put himself together again and continued with the meeting. The man worked at Google for four years, and he said the supervisor's behavior was a method of measuring sexual interest. He also alleged that work colleagues were brandishing a sex toy and that sexually explicit conversations were regular occurrences.

The internal investigation by Google lasted for two months. Once it was concluded, the man was fired within 24 hours.

According to the man's attorney, he is not adamant about collecting monetary damages. Rather, the attorney said his client would drop the lawsuit if he could have his job back, and the company would implement policies to prevent future sexual harassment. The Google data center where the man worked employs approximately 100 people. He said the sexual harassment issue is a part of the culture of the organization.

People who have experienced sexual harassment at work might be entitled to compensation in the form of monetary damages. An attorney who is experienced with employment law may be able to help someone by developing a legal strategy and gathering evidence to build a case for trial. An attorney might try to negotiate a settlement with the employer or work out a solution that allows the employee to stay at work.

Source: The Epoch Times, "Former Google Employee Suing Company for Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination," Colin Fredericson, September 27, 2018

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