Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Fired Engineer Says Google Discriminated Based on His 'Male Gender,' 'Caucasian Race'

Fired Engineer Says Google Discriminated Based on His 'Male Gender,' 'Caucasian Race'

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.

But Damore's complaint appears to focus on how hard it is to be a white man in a primarily white and largely male-dominated field and goes after Google for discrimination against being male or Caucasian and its "open hostility for conservative thought".

Neither Google nor Damore could be reached for comment by time of publication.

Damore is filing the suit alongside David Gudeman, another former Google employee, according to Reuters.

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Gudeman was sacked in 2016 because he made comments supporting now-President Donald Trump during the presidential campaign and because he questioned a co-worker's claims that he was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation exclusively because he was a Muslim, according to the complaint. BuzzFeed News reports that Damore is suing the company on the allegation that it "discriminates against politically conservative white males".

This is a developing story. Damore and Gudeman allege Google is a hostile workplace for employees with conservative views, and that the company "employs illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates". Google terminated Damore for the memo, saying it was contrary to the company's basic values and code of conduct.

Damore was sacked last summer after he wrote a memo criticizing Google for pushing mentoring and diversity programs and for "alienating conservatives".

"Google's under-leveling of women not only resulted in Google paying them lower base salaries than if they had been properly leveled, but also resulted in Google paying them smaller bonuses and fewer stock units and options than if Google had placed them in the proper level", that lawsuit says, according to Associated Press.

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