Former Google engineer suing company for discriminating against conservative, white males


The senior engineer who was sacked for writing a memo criticizing Google for pushing diversity has filed a lawsuit, saying the company discriminates against white men and conservatives.

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.

"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", the lawsuit alleged.

The contents of the lawsuit are bound to drum up controversy, with no-holds-barred wording that accuses Google of a hiring policy that favours women and "minority" candidates and "shames" business unit managers who fail to meet diversity and gender "quotas".

The lengthy complaint totals some 62 pages and contains in excess of 100 additional exhibits and appendices, most of which are comprised of memes or social media posts made by Google employees. (Note the use of the term transgenderism, which, well, isn't how anybody in 2018 should be talking about the transgender community.) "The only lifestyle that seems to not be openly discussed on Google's internal forums is traditional heterosexual monogamy". Defending the liberal agenda, or defending violations of California employment law, is not in any Google employee's job description.

In fact, in one segment of the lawsuit, the diversity summit breaks down how Google sought to hire more "diverse" individuals who weren't white or Asian... He claimed that women's "neuroticism" and men's "higher drive for status" are among the factors that contribute to gender disparities in tech. The lawsuit goes on to claim the company tolerated other employees recommending conservatives be fired for their opinions.

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Pichai said Damore raised some important questions about Google's diversity programs, but crossed a line when he suggested, as he paraphrased, that his female colleagues may "have traits that make them less biologically suited" to competitive positions in engineering.

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

The company has never given any indication that it fired Damore for his political views. Four women allege they were underpaid by Google compared with their male counterparts.

In its firing of Damore, Google became a hero to neither those who thought the tech company didn't act quickly enough and those who thought it an affront to free speech.

The suit, filed last week, also adds a fourth complainant, a preschool teacher with a master's degree.