Deaf Google Worker Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against the Company

Jalon Hall, a Black and deaf Google employee, has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination based on her disability and race. Hall, who was previously lauded as a success story for Google’s inclusive workplace, claimed that the business denied her access to sign-language interpreters and fostered a hostile and racially charged managerial culture.

The case, filed in the Northern District of California, highlights Google’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, as reported by the New York Post.

Hall filed a lawsuit against Google, alleging discrimination, including a boss referring to her as a “aggressive black deaf woman” and telling her to “keep her mouth shut and take a sales role.”

Hall said she was excluded from roundtable meetings and refused advancement due to “inaccurate evaluation” after three years at the company.

“Google is using me to make them look inclusive for the Deaf community and the overall Disability community,” Hall claimed in an interview with Wired. “In reality, they need to do better.”

Google praised Hall on LinkedIn for “helping expand opportunities for Black Deaf professionals,” and on Instagram, the company recognized the research analyst “for making #LifeAtGoogle more inclusive.”

According to Wired, Google recruiters informed Hall, who joined as a content moderator in 2020, that sign language interpreters would be properly accommodated. However, when Hall was eventually tasked with implementing YouTube’s kid safety policies, supervisors allegedly failed to assign interpreters to help her analyze video.

Google reportedly expressed concerns about contractors being exposed to graphic material and confidentiality difficulties, despite the fact that interpreters in the United States adhere to a confidentiality rule of conduct.

Hall struggled to reach her daily requirement of examining 75 videos without an interpreter, often spending too much time on a single video before recognizing she couldn’t properly assess its content.

“I felt a sense of humiliation, recognizing that my career wasn’t progressing,” she told me.

According to Wired, Hall remains a level-two employee at Google after three years, despite the fact that most employees graduate to level three during this time frame. Google recently submitted a motion to dismiss the complaint, claiming that the accusations were filed too late, despite the fact that the firm did not deny the allegations.

Despite submitting three HR complaints that resulted in little change, Hall remained at Google to lobby for better working conditions for her coworkers.

“It would be selfish to quit Google,” she told Wired. “I’m standing in the gap for those often pushed aside.”

Black and disabled employees are a minority at Google, which employs almost 183,000 people. According to company data from last year, Black women, who account for approximately 2.4 percent of Google’s US workforce, have a substantially higher leave rate than women of other races.

According to Wired, Google’s employee organization for the deaf and hard of hearing is also small, with only 40 members. Hall not only claimed personal compensation, but also asked that Google create reinforced rules to ensure that future hires receive appropriate accommodations and equal chances as non-Black deaf employees with disabilities.



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