James Damore is suing Google for alleged discrimination against white male conservatives

James Damore is suing Google for alleged discrimination against white male conservatives

Former Google engineer James Damore, known for circulating a controversial diversity memo that led to his firing at Google in August of past year, is now suing Google for discrimination in a lawsuit that aims to represent anyone working for Google who believes they have faced discrimination at the company on account of their "perceived conservative political views", "their male gender", or "their Caucasian race".

The class-action lawsuit, filed on behalf of both Damore and another Google engineer, David Gudeman.

James Damore says Google fired him over his political views, conservative thought and because he is a white man, according to a class action filed in Santa Clara Superior Court.

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Damore was sacked days after his controversial memo was leaked, spurring a fierce debate across Silicon Valley and more widely on whether or not Google's response to fire Damore was right course of action.

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. "As someone who is generally on the "correct" side of this liberal echo chamber, it hasn't affected me much, but I think the vehemence of the reaction to his document proves this point right".

But while he wanted more diversity of viewpoints, he wasn't so kind to diversity when it came to gender. Back in August, Google CEO Sundar Pichai addressed the controversy, which questioned the biological ability of women workers in technology, directly in a memo to employees.

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The suit goes on to accuse Google of employing "illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates", and claims managers who fail to meet these quotas are openly shamed. They are seeking monetary, non-monetary and punitive damages.

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

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