Ex-Google employee says he was fired for rejecting female colleague's advances
Tech layoffs are now becoming common in many countries around the world. Almost every week, we see big IT firms announcing job cuts, which are usually among hundreds or thousands.
But among the hundreds of companies who are laying off companies, layoffs by Google are facing the most amount of criticism for mistreating their employees.
Over the past few weeks, various ex-employees have called the company out over its layoff spree that rendered 12,000 employees jobless.
Just last week, a laid-off Google HR said she was blocked out of the system in the middle of an interview.
In other words, the Human Resources employee, identified as Dan Lanigan Ryan, was terminated while interviewing a candidate.
In a heart-rending post on Linkedin, he said he wasn't expecting such an abrupt end to his career at Google.
A few days before that, a former Google engineer said he was sacked via an email after spending 20 years in the company.
Jeremy Joslin wrote on LinkedIn: "After nearly 20 years at Google, I find out that I'm being let go via an email. I never thought it would happen like this and I'm saddened that I didn't get the opportunity to say goodbye to my friends and co-workers in person."
Now, another shocking Google layoff story has come to the fore.
An ex-Google executive has claimed that he was fired from the company for rejecting his female co-worker's alleged advances at a party back in 2019.
Ryan Olohan, a 48-year-old father of seven, claimed that one of Google's top executives, Tiffany Miller, 'groped' him at the party, saying she knew he liked Asian women. In the lawsuit filed by Olohan, it is mentioned that Miller rubbed Olohan's abs and told her her marriage lacked 'spice'.
He basically alleged that he was felt up without consent by Miller, who happens to be the director of Google's programmatic media.
Olohan mentioned in the lawsuit that he had initially notified the Human Resources department about the incident but no action was taken by the company. However, when the news of the complaint reached Miller, she complained against Olohan to HR, citing 'microaggressions'.
He added that he continued to face hostility from Miller till the time he remained in the company. He was often berated by her in front of co-workers.
The hostility reached its peak during a December 2021 Google event, where Miller drunkenly rebuked Ryan Olohan in front of his colleagues, according to the lawsuit.
Then in 2022, he was forced to fire a male employee to make room for an incoming female employee. And in the very next month, he himself was laid off after spending 16 years at Google.
Olohan claimed he was informed by the Google Employee Investigations Team that he was being sacked for not being 'inclusive enough'.
He was also allegedly admonished for being biased towards high-performing team members and for being 'ableist' for commenting on the walking pace of workers.
Miller opened up about his ordeal in an interview with New York Post.
Olohan’s lawsuit now seeks unspecified damages. It names both Google and Miller and accuses them of discrimination, retaliation, and fostering a hostile work environment.
However, a spokesperson for Miller has denied all the accusations by saying: "This lawsuit is a fictional account of events filled with numerous falsehoods, fabricated by a disgruntled ex-employee, who was senior to Ms. Miller at Google,” the spokesman said. “Ms. Miller never made any ‘advance’ toward Mr. Olohan, which witnesses can readily corroborate."