Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Fired Google engineer's suit claims reverse discrimination

Fired Google engineer's suit claims reverse discrimination

James Damore, the ex-Google engineer who was sacked for a controversial August memo about, among other things, women in tech workplaces, filed a lawsuit on Monday against his former employer for discriminating against conservative white males.

Somewhat redundantly, it adds that Damore, Gudeman, and "other class members" were "ostracized, belittled, and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasians and/or males".

James Damore made global headlines when it was revealed he had been sacked after sending an internal memo saying the reason there were fewer women than men in the tech industry was biological. The complaint? That his former employer unjustly discriminates against conservative white men, or those whose perspectives differ from Google management.

According to the complaint, this was an open display of "disregard for the law" and discrimination against Caucasians that was "not only allowed at Google, but supported and actively encouraged". "The only lifestyle that seems to not be openly discussed on Google's internal forums is traditional heterosexual monogamy".

Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California.

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Damore told Fox Business that Google still engages in "harassment and career sabotage of anyone that expresses a conservative viewpoint, and there's constant shaming and attacks against white men within Silicon Valley".

The suit states that Google engaged in discriminatory hiring practices... specifically utilizing diversity quotas to force more women and people of color into their ranks. The manifesto claimed women were more prone to "neuroticism" than men, and essentially tried to make the case that girls just typically don't make good engineers.

Not only was Damore fired after his memo went public, but as he puts it, others who spoke out against him were rewarded.

The suit features an image of an e-mail from Alex Hidalgo who works at Google who explicitly told Damore that he was a misogynist and that he would harass him until one of them was sacked. It's not a totally surprising filing given Damore filed a federal labor complaint past year and began working with Dhillon during August 2017 on "fact gathering" - looking for other white dudes who felt wronged by Google - for what would eventually become today's complaint. The suit contains over 100 pages of internal memos and emails, which Damore's attorney's allege demonstrate an anti-conservative sentiment with the company and a basis for ongoing discrimination against individuals like their client.

"We look forward to defending against Mr Damore's lawsuit in court", a Google spokesperson said in a statement. The four women claimed Google underpaid them compared with their male counterparts. The class action suit is also demanding for a jury trial.

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