On Monday, the tech giant Google was sued by a group of black former employees who claimed that they experienced racial discrimination while working at the company.
According to ABC News, the class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of the group by far-left attorney Benjamin Crump, who is notorious for representing the families of some of the most prominent figures in the Black Lives Matter movement, including Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and George Floyd.
“Former Google employees came for their dream job that turned into a nightmare because of bigoted, discriminatory, racist culture that exists within Google,” said Crump at a press conference announcing the lawsuit.
One of the former employees, a woman named April Curley, alleges that she was fired after she informed her superiors that she was creating a report on “discriminatory” practices she witnessed at Google. “These women tried to sound the alarm,” Crump said, but Google instead “retaliated against these victims of the racist culture that exists in Google.”
Curley additionally claimed that she managed to recruit over 500 black students to join the company, but she nevertheless soon noticed “White dominant policies in practice within Google.”
“April Curley was an exceptional employee at Google,” Crump continued. “She was hired to a position well below her qualifications and was consistently wrongfully passed over for promotions. While Google claims that they were looking to increase diversity, they were actually undervaluing, underpaying and mistreating their black employees, leading to high turnover.”
Curley herself also spoke at the press conference, claiming that “after dedicating so much of my life to ensure black and brown students had access to opportunities in tech, and at Google, after being restrained to an entry level classification for six years, after being blocked for promotion because, I quote, ‘Google had no budget to pay me,’ Google decided that right next step in my career was to unjustly terminate me.”
Google had previously said in its own “annual diversity report” in 2021 that the company needed to hire more minorities.
“We recognize our responsibility to meet this moment,” the report read in part, “and believe the greatest contribution we can make to changing these structural inequities is sustained action within our company, our communities and the world.”
In addition to the class action lawsuit, Crump claimed that additional investigations have already begun with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, as well as the California State Assembly, the lower house of the state legislature.