‘Software engineer’ pays $1.3 million for company in US
Posted On July 24, 2021
An engineer has been paid $1 million in a lawsuit that alleges he was forced to work for the wrong company.
The Federal Court of Australia ruled on Friday that the man, named in the lawsuit as James, was a “software engineer” when he was hired at Google in 2006.
He claims that he was fired because he was white, was not qualified and had a white-sounding name.
James’ lawyers said the man was fired for not meeting the company’s white-collar performance standards.
Google, however, said that Mr James was hired by the US company in 2006 and the company had “a longstanding and clear relationship with Mr James”.
“Mr James was a senior software engineer at Google,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
“He was responsible for the design and engineering of the company website, the product documentation, and other core functions.”
The company also said that it had fired Mr James as a result of “serious misconduct” and “negligent misrepresentation” in a court hearing in the Northern Territory.
“We’re deeply disappointed in the decision of the Federal Court,” a spokesman for Google said in an emailed statement.
It’s important that we work together to provide great customer experience and work with our partners and stakeholders to make sure the internet remains a place where everyone can access information and ideas freely.”