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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Posted: November 5, 2009 12:07 PM

Former Google employee James Bara has filed suit against the search giant, citing sexual and religious discrimination in violation of the US Civil Rights Act. Bara alleges that situation began when his supervisor Pam Sohn learned a new employee was transgendered. Sohn joked frequently about the new hire, Ashleigh Rentz, commenting about her sexual preferences to fellow Google employees. Bara told Sohn that the comments were inappropriate, but Sohn did not stop making them until Rentz began working in the office.

After this Bara noticed after this that Sohn was becoming hostile towards him. Sohn made numerous joking references to his faith - Bara is Wiccan - and continued despite Bara's requests that she stop. According to Bara, Sohn began to give preferential treatment to women in the office, allowing them to work from home, while Bara and other men were required to do all their work in the office.

When Bara complained to Human Resources, Bara claims that Sohn's actions towards him became increasingly hostile and included Sohn singing, "Ding dong the witch is dead! Which old witch? The wicked witch!" when Bara completed a project, to his, "obvious discomfort and disgust."

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