Google Memo Author Sues, Claiming Bias Against White Conservative Men

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James Damore's class action lawsuit, filed January 8 with the Santa Clara Superior Court in California, alleges that employees who fit that description were "singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google". He alleged that the presence of women is celebrated due to their gender and that white men were mocked with boos at companywide meetings.

Google did not immediately respond to International Business Times' request for comment.

Many companies in the tech world including Facebook, Tesla, Uber and Google have come under fire for discrimination and sexual harassment. Damore and Gudeman are seeking monetary and other damages. The memo said that "genetic differences" may explain "why we don't see equal representation of women in tech and leadership". He finds fault in company executives like Ruth Porat, for example, the chief financial officer of Google.

Google said it fired Damore for violating the company code of conduct and advancing "harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace". "Google has engaged in some shocking activities in my opinion".

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Damore's lawsuit is the latest legal challenge for Google, which also faces a suit for unequal pay.

Nevertheless, the incident touched off a national debate about sexism in Silicon Valley - and the liberal-leaning tech industry's tolerance for conservative workers and leaders, particularly during the presidency of Donald Trump. 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.

The lawsuit is being filed by Dhillon Law Group, and former Google engineer David Gudeman is also a member of the suit. Google has denied Damore's allegation that its hiring practices are illegal. In internal discussion boards, multiple employees said they supported firing the author, and some said they would not choose to work with him, according to postings viewed by Bloomberg News.

The suit claims white men were booed at company-wide meetings: "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".

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