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Ex-Google employee files lawsuit after termination

New York residents who followed the firing of James Damore at Google over a memo he wrote and his claims that the company discriminated against conservative white men might be interested to know that another employee has now filed a lawsuit against the company for retaliation, harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination. The plaintiff says he was fired for internal posts and memes he made about sexism and racism in response to the Damore memo.

The posts of the man filing the lawsuit, who is transgender and disabled, were quoted in the discrimination lawsuit that Damore filed earlier against Google. In mid-September, in a meeting with human resources, the man was told that someone had complained about a post he made in which he said he refused to work with people who have the same views as Damore. The suit also says the man's manager said he did too much social activism. The man was terminated in November.

In his complaint, the man also details some of the online harassment he says he and 13 other employees faced. He is asking for damages for emotional distress and lost wages, punitive damages and injunctive relief.

People who feel they have been wrongfully terminated from a job for any reason, including whistleblower retaliation, may want to talk to an attorney about their options. A person who is considering whistleblowing might even want to consult an attorney at that point. The attorney might be able to explain the employee's rights and how to recognize and document retaliation. If this retaliation occurs, the person might want to file a lawsuit against the employer.

Source: The Verge, "Former Google employee files lawsuit alleging the company fired him over pro-diversity posts", Shannon Liao, Feb. 21, 2018

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