An attorney for a former Google executive who was fired for her role in a controversial class-action lawsuit against the company is asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit against Google.
Sonia A. Tolan, a partner at New York law firm Cooper, Tolan & Molloy who specializes in corporate litigation, filed a motion Monday seeking a preliminary injunction barring Google from enforcing its terms of service against the former Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
Tolan alleges in her motion that the terms of Pichay’s termination are “a direct threat to the survival of Google.”
Google, for its part, maintains that it fired Picha because she didn’t support its core values, including transparency, customer trust, and its “commitment to diversity, inclusion and tolerance.”
Tolan’s filing says the terms are “not binding” on Google and that she “did not represent” Pichao in her lawsuit against it.
“We are reviewing the motion,” a Google spokesperson said in an email.
“As a general matter, we do not comment on pending litigation,” the company said.
The suit accuses Pichá and Google of violating the Federal Tort Claims Act by firing him after he left Google, but Pichavs firing also is at issue in a federal lawsuit brought against Google by former employees.
Google is not the only company facing allegations of workplace discrimination from former employees in a class-wide lawsuit.
In November, a federal jury awarded more than $1 billion in damages to former Google employee Lisa Dube, who alleged that she was fired because she disagreed with the company’s “ideological values.”
In her lawsuit, Dube alleged that Google’s policies “denied women and people of color access to the most basic tools of modern life” and that the company discriminated against them because of their race, gender, disability and sexual orientation.
A federal judge has set a trial date for a second trial, which could take place later this year.