A security guard who worked at Google's Venice campus has sued the company, saying it did not adequately respond to his complaints that he was sexually harassed and physically assaulted by a supervisor because of his race and sexual orientation.
David Brown, who is Black and gay, alleged his supervisor called him racial and gay epithets, and physically abused him by "grabbing him on the buttocks, kicking him in the groin, throwing him through a window head first and brutally grabbing his nipples." Read more...
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The lawsuit against Google also points to an exchange of text messages between Brown's supervisor and Google's senior manager for global community operations in which they allegedly mocked Brown's sexual orientation.
"Strip searches for all," one texted, according to the lawsuit. To which, another responded, "David is going to love that." The first wrote, "Tell David to bend over," and the other replied, "hahah I'll tell him you said Hellooo."
The lawsuit alleged Google's manager "participated in the discrimination and sexual harassment and took no corrective action."
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