Engineer claims Google fired him because he's conservative

Engineer claims Google fired him because he's conservative
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A former Google employee says the company fired him after he raised concerns about how fellow right-leaning staffers were treated by management.

Kevin Cernekee told The Wall Street Journal, in an article published Thursday, that he was terminated in 2018 for allegedly misusing company equipment, a charge he denies, after years of internally advocating for conservative employees of Google who he says were subject to bullying and in some cases retaliation by supervisors.

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“Historically, there’s been a lot of bullying at Google,” he told the newspaper. “There’s a big political angle, and they treat the two sides very differently.”

In one example shared with the Journal, a fellow employee apparently questioned one of Cernekee's supervisors about his conservative advocacy on a public message board, writing: “Can’t we just fire the poisonous assholes already?”

“I very much regret joining Google,” Cernekee told the newspaper. “I figured it would be a good place to see intelligent arguments through. It didn’t really turn out how I expected.”

A Google spokesperson denied that the company fires employees for political reasons.

“We enforce our workplace policies without regard to political viewpoint," the spokesperson told The Hill. "Lively debate is a hallmark of Google’s workplace culture; harassment, discrimination, and the unauthorized access and theft of confidential company information is not.”

According to Google, Cernekee was fired after he used a personal device to download tens of thousands of confidential internal documents. He returned them, Google said, only after the company obtained an order from a judge.

One of Cernekee's acquaintances at the company was James Damore, an engineer who was fired and alleged a similar bias against conservatives at Google after writing an internal blog post stating his belief that women were less suited to tech jobs than men, according to the Journal.

Cernekee says he has spent more than $100,000 in legal fees against Google alleging wrongful termination, and has one active National Labor Relations Board claim against the company.

Google has come under fire by GOP lawmakers for perceived bias against conservatives, both internally and on its platforms, like YouTube. Republicans have pushed for an investigation of the tech giant, and President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE called for a lawsuit against the company last month.

“We should be suing Google and Facebook and all that, which perhaps we will,” he said during a phone interview with the Fox Business Network.
 
Updated at 12:19 p.m.