Google is under federal investigation after being accused of discrimination and retaliation against a pregnant employee, according to CNBC. Chelsey Glasson filed the complaint in December, claiming her supervisor made discriminatory remarks about pregnant women.

Glasson, who worked at the company for five years, wrote an internal memo last summer called “I’m Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why.” The 2,300-word letter went viral at Google and was seen by more than 10,000 people in the company.

Glasson says the company retaliated after her complaint

Glasson says after reporting her supervisor’s derogatory remarks concerning pregnant women, the company did not investigate her complaint until after she hired an attorney. She says Google did not interview her before the company determined her claim was not credible.

After she complained, Glasson says the company retaliated by giving her poor work performance evaluations and denied her the opportunity to advance to a leadership role. In addition, she says while preparing to go on maternity leave, her supervisor told her there were no guarantees that she would keep her role when she returned.

Retaliation complaints topped all claims in 2019

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) would not comment on Glasson’s complaint. But, agency statistics show the majority of discrimination claims last year involved retaliation. The EEOC lists the top five complaints:

  1. Retaliation: 53.8%
  2. Disability: 33.4%
  3. Race: 33%
  4. Sex: 32.4%
  5. Age: 21.4%

The percentages add up to more than 100% because some complaints contain multiple types of discrimination allegations. In all, the EEOC received 72,675 complaints in 2019.

Discrimination complaints take courage and resolve

Employers are required by state and federal laws to prohibit discrimination in the workplace, but some people who are the targets of illegal behavior are reluctant to come forward out of fear that they can face retaliation, such as not getting raises, demotions, being reassigned to other duties, or losing their jobs.

You have the right to be treated fairly, and an experienced employment law attorney here in Texas will vigorously defend your rights if you experience discrimination in the workplace. Your attorney can also help you identify different ways that you can be mistreated by a company, supervisor or co-workers.