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Former Google engineer accuses tech giant of sexual harassment

Michigan residents may be interested to learn that a former Google employee is claiming she was a victim of sexual harassment while working at the tech giant. She made the allegations on Twitter on March 7.

The female engineer, who was employed at Google from 2010 through 2014, was part of the acclaimed team who developed Google Plus. However, she said she chose to leave the company after she was repeatedly sexually harassed by male supervisors and received no help from management.

The engineer recounted several alleged incidents of sexual harassment in a series of tweets. In one example, she claimed that a male employee made comments about her physical appearance while attending a company swimming party. She also alleges that one male supervisor told her it was taking all his self-control to resist groping her. After she poured a drink on him, she was called to the human resources department for a reprimand. The supervisor was later promoted.

The engineer, who now works at online blogging interface Medium, has not filed a harassment lawsuit. Google has made no comment on her accusations. However, the allegations are counter to the company's recent attempts to present a more diverse image. More than 83 percent of its engineering staff is currently male.

Anyone who has been the victim of workplace sexual harassment may wish to discuss their legal options with an attorney. No one, male or female, should be made to endure lewd comments, unwanted sexual advances, sexual innuendo or sexually explicit materials while in the workplace. After reviewing the details of a claim, a lawyer could recommend the appropriate course of action, which may include the filing of a sexual harassment lawsuit against the responsible parties.

Source: Business Insider, "A former Google employee claims she was reprimanded for speaking out about sexual harassment," Rob Price, March 9, 2015

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