A former Google executive has filed a lawsuit alleging that he was fired after his high-ranking female boss groped him.
Ryan Olohan, 48, claims that he was fired after one of the Big Tech giant’s most high ranking executives, Tiffany Miller, director of Google’s programmatic media, groped him at a Chelsea restaurant in December 2019.
Olohan claims that Miller told him that she “knew he liked Asian women” and rubbed his abs while claiming that her marriage “lacked spice.”
The New York Post reports that “the alleged hands-on encounter unfolded during a drunken company gathering at Fig & Olive on West 13th Street shortly after Olohan was promoted to managing director of food, beverages, and restaurants and joined a new management team that included Miller in Google’s Manhattan offices, according to the lawsuit.”
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Olohan is a married father of seven and rejected Miller’s advances, according to his complaint.
Instead, Olohan reported the alleged incident to Google’s human resources department the following week, but never heard back from them.
The HR representative “openly admitted … that if the complaint was ‘in reverse’ — a female accusing a white male of harassment — the complaint would certainly be escalated,” according to the lawsuit.
“The retaliation allegedly continued at a Google-hosted event in December 2021 in which Miller drunkenly admonished Olohan in front of his colleagues. The rancor was so bad that colleagues encouraged Miller to move to the other end of the table, according to the lawsuit,” the Post reports. “Miller later apologized and ‘although Google was aware that Miller’s continued harassment of Olohan stemmed from his rejection of her sexual advances, it again took no action,’ the suit claims.”
The report continues, “Miller drunkenly berated Olohan yet again during a company get-together at a karaoke bar in April 2022, where she mocked him upon arrival and reiterated that she knew he preferred Asian women over white women — knowing that Olohan’s wife is Asian, according to court papers.”
Olahan was soon fired after 16 years working for the company.
A spokesperson for Miller denied the allegations to the post, saying “This lawsuit is a fictional account of events filled with numerous falsehoods, fabricated by a disgruntled ex-employee, who was senior to Ms. Miller at Google. Ms. Miller never made any ‘advance’ toward Mr. Olohan, which witnesses can readily corroborate.”