Loretta Lee sues Google over ‘bro culture’ sexual harassment over a series of episodes in which management allegedly failed to preempt.
Loretta Lee a former female software engineer at Google has sued the internet tech giant for sexual harassment.
The suit comes after the female employee working at the Mountain View, California outlet for eight years before being fired in February, 2016 for ‘poor performance.’
In her filed lawsuit with the Santa Clara County Superior Court, Lee alleges she was groped, slapped and sexually harassed by coworkers, according to The Mercury News.
The suit follows the tech outlet facing a series of claims of sexual misconducts and gender discrimination.
The company fired James Damore, former engineer for Google, after he circulated a memo stating there was a biological explanation to why woman were paid less.
Last Wednesday, another former Google engineer Tim Chevalier sued the company for firing him over posting what he described as politically liberal content on internal message boards.
And in September 2017, three former women employees, Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease and Kelli Wisuri filed a class-action lawsuit, alleging they were paid less than their male counterparts who had similar roles.
Loretta Lee Google sexual harassment suit insinuates bro culture and the failure to take corrective action.
In her suit, Lee alleges male employees groping and slapping her before she was let go in 2016. She claims the company was notified by the continuous sexual harassment while declining to do anything to prevent it.
The suit described an incident where a co-worker popped up from underneath Lee’s desk one night and told her ‘she’d never know what he’d been doing down there’.
She reportedly was afraid he had left a camera or device installed underneath her desk.
The suit said ‘Google’s bro culture’ contributed to (Lee’s) suffering frequent sexual harassment and gender discrimination, for which Google failed to take corrective action.
Lee was first hired for the company in 2008 at their Los Angeles campus before she was moved to the main location in Mountain View.
She claims the environment she experienced at the company for eight years was ‘severe and pervasive’ daily.
The lawsuit said she also experienced lewd comments, male colleagues spiking her drinks with whiskey, and males shoot her with Nerf balls.
One male colleague allegedly sent Lee a text message asking for a ‘horizontal hug’ and another showed up at her apartment unannounced with alcohol.
In one incident, the female engineer accused a male colleague having grazed his hand across her breasts.
Lee was told by superiors to file an official complaint regarding the man who groped her, but she said she was afraid of being an ‘informer’.
She was then written up for being uncooperative, which forced her to file her complaint
But then human resources said it found her claims ‘unsubstantial’ and did nothing, according to the lawsuit.
A Google spokesperson responded via the dailymail over the weekend saying, ‘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 seeking an undisclosed amount from Google on top of $25,000 for failure to prevent sexual harassment, disability discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation.
And then there were these comments on the web that caught this author’s eye, see what you think?
‘Eight years is a long time to be employed for poor performance. Google has the same misogynist culture that Hollywood has. The good old boy atmosphere doesn’t cut it anymore. Other colleagues have come forth to verify her story.’
‘….. it sounds like a frat boy culture.’
‘Isn’t Google supposed to be a “progressive” workplace?’