Ex-employees File Discrimination Lawsuit Against Claiming Google

Ex-employees File Discrimination Lawsuit Against Claiming Google

Ex-employees File Discrimination Lawsuit Against Claiming Google

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".

Google executives denounced Damore's memo at the time.

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".

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The lawsuit also argues that Google celebrates women as part of their workforce "solely due to their gender", which goes to show that Damore has learned nothing from his experience.

The 161-page complaint, filed by the Dhillon Law Group in Santa Clara Superior Court, is on behalf of the two men.It is seeking class action status for three groups of people who it claims have been similarly discriminated against: Conservatives, Caucasians, and men. "Google's management goes to extreme - and illegal - lengths to encourage hiring managers to take protected categories such as race and/or gender into consideration as determinative hiring factors, to the detriment of Caucasian and male employees and potential employees at Google". 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. Unlike government employees, who have some free speech protections, private employees in the US have little legal recourse if companies choose to retaliate for things they say at work or at home.

The debate comes as Google is fighting claims by the U.S. Department of Labor that it systemically discriminates against women. "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. Damore and his lawyer offer a litany of other examples of bias, even suggesting Google frowns upon "traditional heterosexual monogamy".

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