Google hired Black woman to boost Black recruitment,

fired her for fighting ‘systemic discrimination’: lawsuit


Google hired April Curley to recruit more black workers, but fired her for pushing back against the firm’s “racially biased corporate culture,” she claims in a lawsuit filed Friday.

Curley, a Black woman who worked at Google from 2014 to 2020, alleges in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose that she and other Black workers at the Mountain View digital-advertising giant were paid lower wages, denied advancement opportunities, and subjected to a hostile work environment on the basis of race. She is seeking class-action status for the suit, to bring in all Black current and former Google employees.

“Google’s centralized leadership, which is nearly devoid of Black representation, holds biased and stereotypical views about the abilities and potential of Black professionals,” the suit alleged. “As a result, and pursuant to company-wide discriminatory policies and practices, Google hires few Black employees and steers those few Black employees into lower-level roles, pays them less, and denies them advancement and leadership roles because of their race. Black Google employees face a hostile work environment and suffer retaliation if they dare to challenge or oppose the company’s discriminatory practices.”

The lawsuit cited U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data showing Black workers make up 9.1% of the workforce in the internet and web-search industry.