Current and former Google employees have alleged a hostile and discriminatory work environment.
Prominent AI researcher Dr. Timnit Gebru, a Black woman, was fired on December 2, 2020 after Google allegedly held her to unfair double standards. Many online reports have alleged that her colleagues, including white male AI researchers, were treated much more supportively by Google.
If you’ve experienced workplace discrimination on the basis of your identity, you don’t have to suffer alone. Contact our employment attorneys for a free, confidential consultation. Dr. Gebru has suggested workers consider “what types of pressures can be applied from the outside.” Our class action law firm may be able to help.
Google's unfair treatment of Black women employees
Top Google AI ethics scientist Dr. Timnit Gebru was allegedly fired after Google reportedly directed her to censor her co-authored research paper. According to Google, Dr. Gebru failed to provide two weeks of lead time for their approval of her co-authored research paper.
But according to many online reports, numerous research papers are routinely approved by Google with only a day’s notice or less. Many online observers have noted that these papers are often authored by white male colleagues of Dr. Gebru.
Experts say one common way for employers to discriminate against workers with marginalized identities is by enforcing rules unevenly: strictly for some workers, and lax for others.
Fortunately, more and more workers are speaking up about this unfair treatment. Over 2,000 Googlers organized by Google Walkout and a coalition of over 50 Black women working in big tech have now signed their names in support of Dr. Gebru.
Federal law prohibits discriminatory pay inequity, firing, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin. If this is happening to you, our law firm may be able to help.