What the heck? Did this seriously happen, Google?
Back in February 2016, Google fired Loretta Lee after eight years of service under the pretext of ‘poor performance’. She, however, sued Google for creating a ‘bro culture’ that got her slapped, groped, and sexually harassed by co-workers.
Lee, who worked as a software engineer filed a lawsuit to the Santa Clara County Superior Court claiming that,
“Google’s bro-culture contributed to (Lee’s) suffering frequent sexual harassment and gender discrimination, for which Google failed to take corrective action.”
She accused her former male co-workers of abusing her by making lewd comments, ogling “constantly” and shooting Nerf balls and darts at her “almost every day”. Aside from that, they also allegedly put whiskey in her drinks too!
Sure it sounds like fun to be able to play Nerf guns during work, but that wasn’t all Lee suffered while working at Google.
Lee described incidents of a co-worker offering her a ‘horizontal hug’, and another offering to help fix a problem at her apartment and refusing to leave when she asked him to.
That’s not all, during a party, she was slapped in the face by an intoxicated male co-worker for no apparent reason! At one point, a co-worker popped up from underneath her desk and shouted,
“You’ll never know what I was doing!”
The following day, she was grabbed by her lanyard and asked for her name before the man grazed her breast with his hand. It is understood that this incident reached her superior and the human resources department. They urged her to launch a formal report, however, she refused out of fears of being ostracized as an ‘informer’.
After being tagged as ‘uncooperative’, Lee finally reported the incident but HR only found her allegations ‘unsubstantiated’. This has led to co-workers disapproving her code, which led to her appraisal as a ‘poor performer’.
A Google spokesperson told the Daily Mail:
“We have strong policies against harassment in the workplace and review every complaint we receive. We take action when we find violations, including termination of employment.”
Lee is currently seeking an undisclosed amount in excess of USD 25,000 (RM98,000) for the company’s failure to prevent sexual harassment, gender discrimination, disability discrimination, wrongful termination, and retaliation.
Google, you better protect your employees more if you don’t want to get sued in the future, Lee worked there for eight years, EIGHT LONG YEARS, surely there are witnesses that could testify for Lee’s torment.
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(Source: Next Shark)