Google sued for systemic bias against black employees

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Lare companies like Google are usually at the hub of several controversies. In fact, these companies usually have a very robust legal team because they expect multiple and lengthy litigations yearly. Google is currently struggling with patent issues, privacy issues, and more. Now, there is another allegation against Google which centers on the systemic bias. Google on Friday was accused of systematic racial bias against black employees. The plaintiffs allege that Google steered them into lower-level jobs on the grounds of race, paid them less, and denied them promotions.

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Plaintiff April Curley filed the lawsuit in federal court in San Jose, California, and is seeking to upgrade the case to a class action. Curley said Google kept blacks working in a hostile work environment, including routinely asking them to show ID or being questioned by security at its Mountain View, California, campus.

The lawsuit says Google maintains a “racially biased corporate culture” that favors white men. Blacks make up just 4.4 percent of the workforce and about 3 percent of leadership and technical staff.

As of now, there is no official comment from Google regarding this accusation.

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Google’s I/O developer conference will hold on May 11 / 12 – a month ahead of Apple’s WWDC

In other reports, Google announced on Wednesday that its 2022 Google I/O developer conference will be held from May 11 to 12. Its event is one day later than Intel Vision 2022 conference and one month earlier than Apple’s annual developer conference (WWDC). The company will probably focus on the Android 13 system. It will also focus on the optimization of its smart assistant, search and map products.

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Google CEO, Sundar Pichai announced the news on Twitter. He said the event will be “live and webcast from the Shoreline Amphitheatre”. His tweet was a bit confusing, but Google later clarified that the event was online-only, as it has been for the past two years.

The conference will allow a “limited audience” to be present. The attendees will be mainly employees and some partners. The media and other audiences should need to watch online.

The company may have chosen to invite some people to attend in person. Of course, the number of Covid-19 cases in California is going down. However, the company did not, perhaps because Google I/O typically sees attendees from around the world.

The company’s decision to hold an online event could affect Apple’s plans. After all, Apple has yet to announce a date for its Worldwide Developers Conference. There is also no information on whether this year’s event will take place in person.

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