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Google facing harassment and retaliation claims

Google has been in the news a lot as of late. In 2018, employees walked out on the company over forced arbitration -- something it no longer requires. Now, the tech company is facing serious claims of harassment and retaliation, primarily from female staff members. Many of them recently shared their stories, and these stories may hit close to home with others in California who have, sadly, experienced the same thing at their places of work.

According to a recently released article, many women at Google have come forward, saying that they have been the victims of sexual harassment. Others claim that they were passed over for promotions due to their gender. One former employee says she was retaliated against due to her activism. Another claimed taking maternity leave caused her to be discriminated against.

While all of these stories are different, there is one thing about them that is the same -- all victims felt worse off after reporting to Google's Human Resources Department. They, like most victims of harassment, discrimination or retaliation, felt reporting caused them to experience various forms of indirect punishment. This shouldn't happen, but it does far too often, and employers get away with it unless victims are willing to come forward.

California residents who feel that they are or have experienced similar work environments as these Google employees do have the right to take action. It may be possible to seek compensation for any losses resulting from the harassment and retaliation. An experienced employment law attorney can review the details of one's case and assist one in filing and litigating any appropriate legal claims.

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