Fired Google memo author sues company alleging discrimination against conservative white men

Google Memo Author James Damore Sues Company For Discrimination Against White Males

James Damore, a former Google engineer who was sacked after he wrote a controversial memo claiming that biological differences between men and women might explain why there's a gender gap in tech, is alleging in a lawsuit that the tech firm discriminates against men, conservatives and white people.

The class action suit is the brainchild of James Damore, who Google fired past year after he penned a 10-page screed suggesting that women are "neurotic" and under-employed in the tech industry because of "biological" reasons.

Debate surrounding discrimination in the male-dominated tech world has raged for months, with women at numerous major Silicon Valley companies coming forward with stories of bias and sexual harassment. Not only does the lawsuit seek damages, but it also expresses Damore's hope that the court will step in to prevent Google from continuing to violate California's anti-discrimination codes.

The suit also claims that "numerical presence of women celebrated at Google" was based "solely due to their gender" while the "presence of Caucasians and males was mocked with "boos" during companywide weekly meetings".

There are a series of images, screenshots and conversations from Google employees actively espousing discriminatory rhetoric toward straight white cis-males and Conservatives in an unrepentant fashion.

"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.

Damore and David Gudeman, another former Google engineer, filed the lawsuit in Santa Clara Superior Court on Monday on behalf of all current and former employees who have been discriminated against for being white, male, conservative or a combination of the three.


The suit claims Google protected employees who silenced conservatives: "Google created an environment of protecting employees who harassed individuals who spoke out against Google's view or the 'Googley way, ' as it is sometimes known internally".

Google is also facing allegations that it discriminated against women who taught its employees' children at the company's preschool.

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

While many have condemned Damore's views, others in the Silicon Valley tech world have wondered if there was a bias at Google that disallowed the open expression of politically conservative viewpoints.

But Damore said he would "welcome" the chance to go back to work for Google ― whose workforce is still disproportionately white and male ― and continue fighting for the rights of men, Caucasian people and conservatives.

The suit isn't the only one Google is having to defend itself against. Last month, a fourth complainant joined their suit.

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