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The lawsuit alleges that April Curley, who is black, was hired in an entry-level position, despite having a master’s degree and five years of experience. Curley’s work focused on increasing company diversity by recruiting potential employees from historically black colleges and universities. Curley says the company’s campaign to generate diversity was actually a public relations move. Instead, she says she faced discrimination and hostility because of her race.
“April Curley was an outstanding employee at Google. She was hired into a position well below her qualifications and was routinely wrongfully passed over for promotions,” attorney Ben Crump said. “While Google claims they sought to increase diversity, they were undervaluing, underpaying, and mistreating their black employees, resulting in high turnover. We won’t stop until we get some justice for Curley and other black employees at Google, and until we see real change in the culture of this company.”
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