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A former Google executive is suing the company, saying a co-worker sexually harassed and drunkenly verbally abused him

A former Google executive named Ryan Olohan (not pictured) is seeking unspecified damages for economic loss and emotional distress.Leonardo Munoz/VIEWpress/Getty Images

  • A former Google executive blames discrimination and retaliation for his termination from the company.

  • Ryan Olohan says Google failed to respond to his complaints about a colleague’s sexual advances.

  • The colleague said Olohan’s complaint was “a fictitious report” and full of “untruths”.

A former Google executive is suing the company in New York, saying a co-worker sexually harassed and drunkenly abused him on numerous occasions.

Ryan Olohan, former Google executive for food, beverage and restaurants, filed a complaint against Google in November, alleging sexual harassment, gender discrimination, racial discrimination and retaliation. The lawsuit names Tiffany Miller, Google’s director of programmatic media, as a co-defendant.

A Miller rep told Insider the lawsuit was “a fictional account of events full of untruths fabricated by a disgruntled ex-employee who was Ms. Miller’s manager at Google.”

The person added, “Ms. Miller never ‘pushed ahead’ to Mr. Olohan, which witnesses can easily confirm. Even more disturbing is the blatant sexism and racism in Mr. Olohan’s efforts to blame others for his resignation.”

Google did not respond to a request for comment.

Olohan, a New Jersey resident, says in the complaint, first reported by Bloomberg, that he faced retaliation from Miller at work after refusing advances from her and reporting her to Google’s human resources department.

The complaint says that during a company dinner at Manhattan’s Fig & Olive restaurant in December 2019, Miller approached Olohan, rubbed his stomach and told him he had “such a beautiful body.”

The complaint also alleges that Miller, who is Asian, told Olohan, who is white and married to an Asian woman, that “her marriage lacked spice” and “she knew he liked Asian women.” It said Olohan felt “uncomfortable” and “immediately withdrew from the situation.”

Olohan reported the incident to Google’s human resources department next week but took no action, the complaint said. The complaint said Miller began getting revenge on Olohan, criticizing him to colleagues and complaining to human resources about “micro-aggression” from him.

The complaint said Miller was “openly hostile” to Olohan at an outside work event in December 2021, where she “drankly rebuked him while drunk at a table in front of scores of Google employees.” It said Miller apologized the next day, saying she was “very drunk.”

“Although Google was aware that Miller’s ongoing harassment of Olohan was because he had rejected her sexual advances, it again took no action,” the complaint reads.

The complaint says that at a work event at a karaoke bar in April last year, Miller “taunted Olohan when he was late for the event and asked if he was back in the gym building his muscles,” and “Olohan said that she knew he preferred Asian women over white women.”

Olohan’s employment at Google was terminated on Aug. 5, according to the complaint. The complaint states that Google “discriminated against Olohan and subjected him to adverse employment actions, including but not limited to termination of his employment.”

It said Olohan is seeking an unspecified amount of damages for economic loss, including past and future lost revenue, and emotional distress.

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