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.
Memo author James Damore was joined by David Gudeman, another former Google engineer, to file their lawsuit Monday on behalf of all former and current employees, and the document includes several tweets, emails and memos from coworkers who allegedly disparaged the plaintiffs for their right-leaning politics, "white privilege" and their gender. The suit alleges that Google's diversity efforts are unlawful, citing "illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates" as an example.
Damore came to fame after he wrote the now-infamous "Google Manifesto, " where he pointed out that "differences in distributions of traits between men and women may in part explain why we don't have 50% representation of women in tech".
Now, Damore is suing Google for what he alleges is the company's discrimination against white male conservatives. "The only lifestyle that seems to not be openly discussed on Google's internal forums is traditional heterosexual monogamy". Last month Google scored a win in the lawsuit when a California state judge dismissed class action claims. The lawsuit goes on to claim the company tolerated other employees recommending conservatives be fired for their opinions.
"This is about changing the behavior and attitude of Silicon Valley, where now the only acceptable form of discrimination... is that it's okay to disparage, smear, belittle, bully and discriminate against conservatives and white men", said Dhillon. He claimed that women's "neuroticism" and men's "higher drive for status" are among the factors that contribute to gender disparities in tech.
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Damore was eventually fired, but he was never explicitly told what policy he violated.
Google is also facing a separate claim from at least 60 women who alleged that Google paid them less than their male counterparts, despite having equal qualifications and comparable positions, and "segregated" them into lower-paid jobs.
The lawsuit is seeking monetary, non-monetary, and punitive remedies.
Damore became a media mainstay after penning a highly controversial 3,300-word memo arguing against Google's perceived culture of political correctness.
Conservatives working at Google reported Leftists who were using discriminatory language and making brash and defamatory remarks about Conservatism and Republicans, but Google's human resources department made excuses for the Leftist Liberals, using mental gymnastics to defend the harassment coming from the Left.