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Google security officer accused of mocking gay employee

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According to a lawsuit filed by the employee this week, a senior manager of Google’s global security team joked in text messages about the company’s security guards being part of a pattern of workplace harassment against a gay, black employee.

David Brown, who is jointly employed by the Alphabet entity and security company Allied Universal, according to the lawsuit, is seeking unspecified monetary damages for alleged physical and emotional harassment at Google’s Los Angeles offices based on his sexual orientation and race. , which it says happened. Between 2014 and last year.

Google and Allied Universal did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Last year several major companies, including Google, stepped up efforts to create a more inclusive workplace following social protests that drew attention to racism. Some Google employees, including more than 2,000 who signed an open letter on the issue in April, have said the company does not adequately hold criminals accountable.

According to the lawsuit, Brown’s supervisor held responsible for the alleged problematic behavior, which included “holding her on the buttocks, kicking her in the groin, throwing her through the head of the window first, and brutally grabbing her nipples,” a state that was filed in. Court in Los Angeles.

According to the filing, the supervisor, Henri Linares, was fired this year for other reasons. A LinkedIn profile indicates that he left Google and Allied Universal in July. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit further alleges that Google’s senior manager for global community operations, Russ Rossini, “participated in discrimination and sexual harassment and took no corrective action.”

During a chat last year about items missing from Google’s offices, which were quiet because of the pandemic, Rossini messaged the observer, “Strip Search for All,” according to the lawsuit and screenshots of the exchange seen by Reuters. .

When the supervisor replied that, “David is going to love her,” Rossini followed, “tell David to bow down.” The supervisor, who shared the screenshot with Brown, replied, “Haha, I’ll tell him you said hello.”

Rossini did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to her LinkedIn profile, she is employed at Google.

Brown’s attorney, V. James DeSimone, said Rossini should have addressed the abuse, specifically that Brown “turned those screenshots to Human Resources, implicating Rossini in the harassment.”

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