A former Google employee sued the tech giant for racial discrimination, saying it engages in a “pattern and practice” of unfair treatment for its Black workers. The suit claims the company steered them into lower-level and lower-paid jobs and subjected them to a hostile work environment if they speak out.
April Curley was hired in 2014 to recruit Black candidates for the company. Her lawsuit, filed on Friday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose, claims she was unlawfully fired in 2020 after she began speaking out and “called for reform of the barriers and double standards Google imposed on Black employees and applicants,” according to the lawsuit.
Google had no immediate comment on the allegations, according to the Associated Press, which assigned Barbara Ortutay to cover the legal challenge.
Curley is seeking class action status. If a judge agrees, that would certainly make the case more of a threat to Google and its bottom line.