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Another Google Employee Memo Has Gone Viral, This Time Alleging Discrimination Against Pregnant Women

The new Google logo is displayed at the Google headquarters on September 2, 2015 in Mountain View, California
The new Google logo is displayed at the Google headquarters on September 2, 2015 in Mountain View, California
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Last week, a Google employee posted an internal memo on a company forum for new and expectant mothers titled, “I’m Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why.”

The employee, who was also a manager at the company, alleged that she faced discrimination and retaliation for being pregnant, especially after requesting an early maternity leave due to potentially life-threatening complications with her pregnancy.

Her memo was read by more than 10,000 Google employees before it was leaked to Motherboard, where the nearly 2,300 word-long post was published, but with personal information redacted including the employee’s name.

Motherboard coincidentally broke the story on the two year anniversary of another Google employee’s memo that went viral, arguing that men were better engineers than women and the company should steer clear from diversifying.

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A spokesperson for Google sent the following statement to Motherboard TV:

“We prohibit retaliation in the workplace and publicly share our very clear policy. To make sure that no complaint raised goes unheard at Google, we give employees multiple channels to report concerns, including anonymously, and investigate all allegations of retaliation.”


Jason Koebler, editor-in-chief of VICE's Motherboard where he has been following the story; he tweets @jason_koebler

Ramit Mizrahi, employment lawyer with Mizrahi Law in Pasadena and chair of the California Lawyers Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section where she represents employees exclusively; she tweets @MizrahiLaw