Engineers sue Google for allegedly discriminating against white men and conservatives

Gwen Vasquez
January 9, 2018

On Monday, James Damore, the Google employee who was sacked for a memo in which he suggested that women were not biologically capable of working in the tech industry, filed suit against Google for discriminating against politically conservative white men.

James Damore's class action lawsuit, filed January 8 with the Santa Clara Superior Court in California, alleges that employees who fit that description were "singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google". But Damore's complaint appears to focus on how hard it is to be a white man in a primarily white and largely male-dominated field and goes after Google for discrimination against being male or Caucasian and its "open hostility for conservative thought". The lawsuit follows a complaint that Damore filed with the National Labor Relations Board in August on the basis that Google was "misrepresenting and shaming me in order to silence my complaints".

It says Google's employment practices are illegal, and that they employ illegal hiring quotas to fill posts with women and minorities.

The former Google engineer who was sacked over a memo he wrote that suggested biological reasons are behind the predominance of male engineers at the company filed a lawsuit in state court on Monday.

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In the complaint, filed in California court, Damore contends that Google "ostracized, belittled and punished" him and a fellow plaintiff, and that he and others who share his views at Google long have been "singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google, in violation of their legal rights".

In it Mr Damore said Google discriminated against white men and conservatives, and said that people needed to stop assuming that gender gaps in industries implied sexism.

During a press conference livestreamed on Facebook on Monday, she said employees at other big tech companies also contacted her firm.

Google has not yet commented on Damore's lawsuit. Last week, four former Google employees, who previously worked in a range of roles at the company, came forward as part of a revised gender-pay lawsuit. Damore and his lawyer offer a litany of other examples of bias, even suggesting Google frowns upon "traditional heterosexual monogamy".

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