A German civil engineer has won a lawsuit against German engineering giant Uwe after she alleges that her bosses allowed her to be fired for being too outspoken.
The case, filed on Wednesday, has triggered a heated debate about workplace equality and social responsibility, as well as the role of technology in shaping our society.
The suit claims that a senior civil engineer in Germany was fired from her job after she publicly called for greater accountability for corporate culture and workplace practices, including the practice of hiring managers without having a background check.
The engineer, who is not named in the lawsuit, said she was dismissed because she was too outspoken about corporate practices and their impact on her workplace.
The lawsuit was filed in the northern German city of Duesseldorf.
Uwe said in a statement that it had “not seen any evidence to support the claims.”
“The engineer has asked to be identified only by her initials, K., because she is afraid to lose her job,” the company said.
“She believes that this has been a mistake.”
Uwe did not respond to requests for comment.
A Uwe spokesman said the company had no immediate comment on the lawsuit.
The German Ministry of Labor has confirmed the case.
Uwe said it had hired an independent arbitrator, which ruled that the dismissal was justified.
The case is the latest example of the way companies and governments are looking at technology to address social issues.
A survey by the Berlin-based Bertelsmann Foundation found that over the past year, tech companies in Germany have been trying to address the growing issue of inequality and inequality of power.