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Former Google Employee Files Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

While on maternity leave last summer, Chelsey Glasson made the difficult decision to leave Google. As Glasson exclusively told Fast Company in a detailed first-person account, it was the culmination of a year punctuated by alleged pregnancy discrimination and retaliatory behavior from multiple bosses. In September, Glasson filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)—usually the first step toward taking legal action—and earlier this year, the agency opened an investigation into her claims.

This morning, Glasson officially filed a state lawsuit against Google. “Google has chosen to ignore the warning signs of a discriminatory culture,” the complaint reads. “As a result, the discriminatory culture and disdain for motherhood has been allowed to fester and expand, directly causing and allowing the unlawful discrimination against Plaintiff.”

A Google spokesperson declined to comment on the specific claims but offered the following statement: “Reporting misconduct takes courage and we want to provide care and support to people who raise concerns. All instances of inappropriate conduct reported to us are investigated rigorously, and over the past year we have simplified how employees can raise concerns and provided more transparency into the investigations process at Google. We work to be extremely transparent about how we handle complaints and the action we take.”

Read the source article at Fast Company

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