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As a young, female software engineer at male-dominated Google, Loretta Lee was slapped, groped and even had a co-worker pop up from beneath her desk one night and tell her she’d never know what he’d been doing under there, according to a lawsuit filed against the Mountain View tech giant… Lee’s lawsuit — filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court — alleges the company failed to to protect her, saying, “Google’s bro-culture contributed to (Lee’s) suffering frequent sexual harassment and gender discrimination, for which Google failed to take corrective action.”
She was fired in February 2016 for poor performance, according to the suit… Lee started at the company in 2008 in Los Angeles and later switched to the firm’s Mountain View campus, according to the suit, which asserts that she “was considered a talented and rising star” who received consistently “excellent” performance reviews. Lee claims that the “severe and pervasive” sexual harassment she experienced included daily abuse and egregious incidents. In addition to making lewd comments to her and ogling her “constantly,” Lee’s male co-workers spiked her drinks with whiskey and laughed about it; and shot Nerf balls and darts at her “almost every day,” the suit alleges. One male colleague sent her a text message asking if she wanted a “horizontal hug,” while another showed up at her apartment with a bottle of liquor, offering to help her fix a problem with one of her devices, refusing to leave when she asked him to, she alleges. At a holiday party, Lee “was slapped in the face an intoxicated male co-worker for no apparent reason,” according to the suit.

Lee resisted reporting an employee who had grabbed her lanyard and grazed her breasts — and was then written up for being uncooperative. But after filing a report, “HR found her claims ‘unsubstantiated,’ according to the suit. ‘This emboldened her colleagues to continue inappropriate behavior,’ the suit says.

“Her fear of being ostracized was realized, she claims, with co-workers refusing to approve her code in spite of her diligent work on it. getting her code approved led to her being ‘labeled as a poor performer,’ the suit says.”

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