Google Memo Author James Damore Sues Company For Discrimination Against White Males

Google Memo Author James Damore Sues Company For Discrimination Against White Males

He chose to write the controversial memo, called "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber", after realizing that there would be no action to address his concerns. "Within his lawsuit, Damore further insists that the company "[shames] Google business units for failing to achieve numerical gender parity", and his attorneys characterize him as "surprised" by Google's reaction to his manifesto. His treatise on "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber" accused the company of creating "a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence".

Dhillon, a Republican National Committee committeewoman from California, says the class of plaintiffs includes "dozens" of Google employees and would-be employees shunned due to their political beliefs, including supporting Trump.

Damore was sacked last summer after he wrote a memo criticizing Google for pushing mentoring and diversity programs and for "alienating conservatives". His observations in the memo suggesting biological differences between men and women could help explain why fewer women work in tech, rather than entirely result from institutional sexism, ignited a firestorm of criticism.

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".

Now, Damore is suing Google for what he alleges is the company's discrimination against white male conservatives. Google has denied Damore's allegation that its hiring practices are illegal. "We look forward to defending against Mr. Damore's lawsuit in court".

When the memo was first released, Google's VP of Diversity, Integrity & Governance, Danielle Brown, said that while the company welcomes "alternative views", those views need to be in line with "principles of equal employment found in [Google's] Code of Conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws".

The lawsuit says that conservative employees on two occassions in the fall of 2017, also brought the matter of such lists up with Paul Manwell, Google CEO Sundar Pichai's chief of staff, and to senior lawyer Kent Walker. He claimed that employees with conservative beliefs "have to stay in the closet" for fear of retaliation.

Asked during Monday's press conference why he didn't report the alleged discrimination to human resources prior to circulating the memo, Damore blamed the company's culture. Unlike government employees, who have some free speech protections, private employees in the United States have little legal recourse if companies choose to retaliate for things they say at work or at home.

Not only was the numerical presence of women celebrated at Google exclusively due to their gender, but the presence of Caucasians and males was mocked with "boos" during company-wide weekly meetings.

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