The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has launched an investigation into Google’s alleged discrimination against pregnant employees. Chelsea Glasson, a former user experience designer who worked for Google for five years, said in an internal memo last summer that her boss had made discriminatory remarks about pregnant women.
She also claims that the company retaliated against her, gave her a poor performance rating and unfairly cancelled her promotion.
Mr. Glasson said in December that Google’s human resources department had not investigated her complaint until she hired a lawyer, adding that she had never been interviewed by hr resources until Google said her claims were untrustworthy. Google did not respond to a request for comment at the time.
Mr. Glasson filed a complaint with the EEOC late last year over the allegations, including details of the executive’s work with Google Cloud.
Google responded to the EEOC’s complaint in January, saying it had found no evidence of discrimination and that the company had not appointed Mr. Glasson as its manager because of a lack of headcount.
Meanwhile, Google is facing multiple investigations from federal agencies amid mounting allegations against former employees. After firing four employees, the National Labor Relations Board investigated Google, which had just reached a collective bargaining agreement with the agency. Last summer, Google settled a class-action lawsuit against age discrimination and agreed to pay $11 million.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the investigation. The EEOC also declined to comment.