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Ex-engineer sues Google for discriminating against conservative white males

09 January 2018
Ex-engineer sues Google for discriminating against conservative white males

Another former Google engineer, David Gudeman, is also named in the lawsuit.

Any former Google employee who believes they were discriminated against due to their Caucasian race, male gender or "perceived conservative political views" was invited to join Damore and Gudeman in the suit.

James Damore, the Google employee who was sacked after circulating an anti-diversity memo last August, isn't over his dismissal apparently as he has now filed a lawsuit against his former employer.

Google did not immediately return a request for comment.

The survey also pointed to the lack of diversity among startup business' board of directors; More than 51 per cent of startup teams were made up of mostly men, a slight increase from a year ago (50 per cent). Those violations include wrongful termination, workplace harassment, workplace discrimination, retaliation failure to prevent harassment, discrimination and retaliation, and unfair business practices, amongst others.

Damore was sacked from Google, and while many people cheered this move, some conservative onlookers claimed the engineer actually had a legal case against the tech giant. He is asking the court to grant class action status for his lawsuit. It circulated widely inside the company and became public over the first weekend in August, causing a furor that amplified the pressure on Google executives to take a more definitive stand. Pichai said that "portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".

The author of an explosive new book that questions President Donald Trump's fitness for office on Monday contradicted Steve Bannon's explanation of comments that had angered his former boss. At least one US congressman and numerous commentators, some representing the far right, have blasted the company's decision, accusing it of suppressing free speech.

In the lawsuit, Mr Damore said the memo was meant to remain internal and had been written in response to a request for feedback from a diversity and inclusion summit he had attended. "We'll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul".

Not only was the numerical presence of women celebrated at Google exclusively due to their gender, but the presence of Caucasians and males was mocked with "boos" during company-wide weekly meetings. Google has denied the allegations, arguing that it doesn't have a gender gap in pay.

The suit claims Google maintains a blacklist of conservatives media personalities not allowed on company grounds: It allegedly includes radio host Alex Jones and conservative blogger Curtis Yarvin. The data show that 56 percent of Google's workforce and 53 percent of its technical staff are white.

"This included employment and business-related topics such as "'diversity" hiring policies, "bias sensitivity" or "social justice.'" The lawsuit also alleges that Google uses illegal hiring quotas in order to fill positions with female and minority candidates.