Google engineer fired for sexist memo sues ex-employer

09 January, 2018, 00:42 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Google fired James Damore in August 2017

Two former Google employees have filed a class-action lawsuit Monday against Google, with the allegation that the company discriminates against conservative white men, The Hill reported.

Mr. Damore has battled publicly with Google since he was sacked in August for writing an internal memo criticizing the company's efforts to increase diversity among its workforce, initiatives he said discriminated against white men.

In a class action lawsuit against Google filed Monday in Santa Clara Superior Court in Northern California, Damore and another former Google engineer, David Gudeman, argue that Google has an "open hostility for conservative thought".

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The complaint, which can be read in full below, is packed full of examples of internal communications at Google showing the intense pressure that was brought to bear on conservatives at the company, as well as anyone who disagreed with the political priorities of its progressive employees. 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.

The company, which called the memo "offensive" and "harmful", soon fired Damore, further elevating him as a victim of what his supporters called an overreaching "political correctness" and ideology rigidity within the tech industry. 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".

James Damore was fired from his engineering job at Google a year ago after he wrote a memo that criticized the company's diversity efforts and argued that the low number of women in engineering positions was a result of biological differences.

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