West News Wire: A complaint filed on Friday accuses Google of racial discrimination against Black employees, alleging that the search engine business directs them to lower-level employment, pays them less, and denies them advancement prospects because of their colour.

According to a complaint seeking class-action status, Google has a “racially biassed company culture” that favours white men, with Black individuals accounting for only 4.4 percent of employees and around 3% of leadership and technology.

April Curley, the plaintiff, also claimed that the Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) company created a hostile work environment for Black employees by frequently requesting them to present identification or be questioned by security at its Mountain View, California headquarters.

Requests for response from Google were not immediately returned. The complaint was filed against racial discrimination in the federal court in San Jose, California.

It came after that state’s civil rights regulator, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, began investigating Google’s treatment of Black female workers and possible discrimination in their workplace.

Curley said Google hired her in 2014 to design an outreach program to historically Black colleges.

She said her hiring proved to be a “marketing ploy,” as supervisors began denigrating her work, stereotyping her as an “angry” Black woman and passing her over for promotions.

Curley said Google fired her in September 2020 after she and her colleagues began working on a list of desired reforms.

“While Google claims that they were looking to increase diversity, they were actually undervaluing, underpaying and mistreating their Black employees,” Curley’s lawyer Ben Crump said in a statement.

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Crump is a civil rights lawyer who also represented the family of George Floyd after he was killed in May 2020 by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Curley’s lawsuit seeks to recoup compensatory and punitive damages and lost compensation for current and former Black employees at Google, and to restore them to their appropriate positions and seniority.

The case is Curley v Google LLC, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 22-01735.

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