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Former Google employee claims pregnancy discrimination and retaliation

A Seattle woman who claims she lost her career trajectory at Google when she stood up for a pregnant co-worker, then suffered retaliation and discrimination herself when she became pregnant, filed a complaint this week with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Washington State Human Rights Commission.

In the complaint, Chelsey Glasson, 36, alleges she was a victim of retaliation and gender and disability discrimination at the hands of her managers at the tech giant where her previous performance reviews had been glowing.

The complaint, filed Wednesday, alleges Google violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in actions against her and the other pregnant employee.

Before she resigned at the end of her maternity leave in August, Glasson posted a memo on an internal Google message board titled, “I’m Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why” that was widely read both inside and outside the company.

The complaint is a precursor to a federal lawsuit against Google that Glasson has said she intends to file. On a Go Fund Me page to help fund her legal battle, Glasson said she would not “be silenced.”..

“Pregnancy discrimination is sadly an issue that many families face, even at the most progressive companies,” she wrote...

Google did not respond Thursday to a request for comment.

The claim comes as Google faces increasing internal pressure to address the way company handles misconduct investigations and reports of retaliation...