Former Employee sues Google for allegedly discriminating against conservative white men
James Damore sues Google for allegedly discriminating against conservative white men
By Colin Lecher Jan 8, 2018, 1:59pm EST
The author of the controversial memo that upended Google in August is suing the company, alleging that white, male conservatives are systematically discriminated against by Google.
James Damore was fired as an engineer after a manifesto questioning the benefits of diversity programs was widely passed around the company. In a new lawsuit, he and another fired engineer claim that “employees who expressed views deviating from the majority view at Google on political subjects raised in the workplace and relevant to Google’s employment policies and its business, such as ‘diversity’ hiring policies, ‘bias sensitivity,’ or ‘social justice,’ were/are singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google, in violation of their legal rights.”
Attorneys for Damore and the other engineer, David Gudeman, filed the lawsuit today in Santa Clara Superior Court, and are seeking to represent others whose rights they claim were also violated. The lawsuit contains dozens of pages of internal Google communications that the lawsuit alleges show bias at the company.
Damore became a minor celebrity in some parts of the online right after the memo, which questioned whether women were genetically less suited to engineering jobs, leaked out. “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK,” CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to staff after Damore was fired.
Meanwhile, Google is fighting back claims that women at the company have been systematically underpaid. After a judge dismissed an initial complaint, a group tried again by amending their complaint this month.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Damore’s lawsuit.