Ex-Google employee behind anti-diversity memo sues for discrimination

Fired Engineer Says Google Discriminated Based on His'Male Gender''Caucasian Race

Fired Engineer Says Google Discriminated Based on His'Male Gender''Caucasian Race

Former Google engineer James Damore, known for circulating a controversial diversity memo that led to his firing at Google in August of previous 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".

Mr. Damore and another former Google engineer, David Gudeman, filed a lawsuit Monday, which seeks class-action status, in superior court in California's Santa Clara County. It alleges that both Damore and Gudeman 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".

"Google's open hostility for conservative thought is paired with invidious discrimination on the basis of race and gender". The long section titled "Anti-Caucasian postings", which lists memes and comments from internal communications, also, somehow, doesn't appear to be a joke. The company is 69% male and 56% white, although Google does not report how many describe themselves as "conservative". Between wide pay gaps, disproportionately low hiring rates and sexual harassment, the often closed and unwelcoming culture of the tech world has been well-documented. If Damore thinks it's so hard to advance in a tech firm as a white male, he should try being literally anybody else.

The lawsuit is seeking monetary and non-monetary damages.

Google fired Damore in August after he distributed a 3,000-word missive arguing that the "preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don't see equal representation of women in tech and leadership".

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