Fired Google engineer who wrote controversial memo sues tech firm
11 January, 2018, 09:22 | Author: Ellis Copeland
Any former Google employee who believes they were discriminated against due to their Caucasian race, male gender or "perceived conservative political views" was invited to join Damore and Gudeman in the suit.
James Damore wrote a controversial 10-page document a year ago blasting the company's "left leaning" culture and attributing differences in pay between men and women in tech jobs partly to biological differences between genders.
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.
They also suggested that Google failed to protect workers who supported USA president Donald Trump from being harassed.
Two former Google employees have accused the company of discriminating against white conservative men in a class action claim.
It accuses Google of mistreating and firing 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".
Damore and Gudeman, who was reportedly dismissed from the firm following a confrontation with a Muslim colleague on an internal forum, alleged that the technology giant "employed illegal hiring quotas" to fill positions with its desired percentages of women and ethnic minority candidates, which they claimed discriminates against white male applicants.
The class-action lawsuit suggests that there may be many other current and former Google employees who similarly suffered. Google also allegedly awarded "Peer Bonuses" to employees who disparaged Damore.
Danielle Brown, at that time the Google vice president of diversity, responded to the document in a memo, writing that the document "advanced incorrect assumptions about gender" and that "it's not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages".
In a statement to HuffPost, a Google spokesperson said, "We look forward to defending against Mr. Damore's lawsuit in court".
The company, which called the memo "offensive" and "harmful", fired Damore, further elevating him as a victim of what his supporters called an overreaching "political correctness" and ideology rigidity within the tech industry.
After his firing, Damore became something of a TV-circuit celebrity, controversially likening being a white male conservative at Google to "being gay in the 1950s".
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