A black employee at Google said he was stopped by the company’s campus security and escorted away after someone reported the recent Harvard graduate as trespassing.
“Riding my bike around Google’s campus and somebody called security on me because they didn’t believe I was an employee,” he wrote. “Had to get escorted by two security guards to verify my ID badge.”
“A lot of people keep DM’ing me asking for the full story … They ended up taking my ID badge away from me later that day and I was told to call security if I had a problem with it,” he added in a follow-up tweet.
“And that was after holding me up for 30 minutes causing me to miss my bus ride home.”
Onuoha did not immediately return The Post’s request for comment.
In a statement to Forbes, Google blamed the incident on an error with Onuoha’s security badge, rejecting any claims of discrimination.
“We take this employee’s concerns very seriously, are in touch with him and are looking into this. We learned that the employee was having issues with his badge due to an administrative error and contacted the reception team for help. After they were unable to resolve the issue, the security team was called to look into and help resolve the issue,” a Google spokesperson said.
“More broadly, one step we’ve taken recently to decrease badging incidents is to make clear that employees should leave investigating these kinds of access concerns to our security team,” the company added. “Our goal is to ensure that every employee experiences Google as an inclusive workplace and that we create a stronger sense of belonging for all employees.”
Google’s campus security system has landed the tech giant in hot water before. Last year, Bloomberg reported that latinx workers were subjected to security checks on campus more than their white colleagues, and some Google staffers even took the issue to CEO Sundar Pichai.
In response to Onuoha’s tweet, a man who claimed to be a former security guard for the company by the name of Albert Richardson, said he was also a victim of discrimination while working at the company.
He said a fellow employee claimed he was a “suspicious individual.”
“I was on lunch in one of the micro kitchens. My radio goes off like ‘Hey Al when you get off of lunch can you head over to the second-floor micro kitchen. A Googler just reported a suspicious individual in that area.’ I spent an hour looking for myself,” he tweeted.
In July, Google said that 2020 had been its best year yet in terms of hiring black employees, with 8.8 percent of the company’s US hires identifying as “Black+,” up from 5.5 percent in 2019.
However, only 4.4 percent of Google’s US workforce is Black+, according to the company’s latest Diversity, Equity and Inclusion report. That figure drops to just 3 percent when it comes to leadership representation, the report says.