Former Google engineer suing company for discriminating against conservative, white males

Former Google engineer suing company for discriminating against conservative, white males

Former Google engineer suing company for discriminating against conservative, white males

Any former Google employee who believes they were discriminated against due to their Caucasian race, male gender or "perceived conservative political views" was invited to join Damore and Gudeman in the suit.

Memo author James Damore was joined by David Gudeman, another former Google engineer, to file their lawsuit Monday on behalf of all former and current employees, and the document includes several tweets, emails and memos from coworkers who allegedly disparaged the plaintiffs for their right-leaning politics, "white privilege" and their gender. They want to represent other Google employees and former employees who they claimed were "ostracised, belittled and punished" by the company for their political views and for being white males.

In a 10-page memo titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber", James Damore, 28, criticized Google's diversity programs and argued women are underrepresented in tech because they are biologically inferior.

At the in-person training, entitled "Bias Busting", Google discussed how biases against women exist in the workplace, and how "white male privilege" exists in the workplace.

"Google's open hostility for conservative thought is paired with invidious discrimination on the basis of race and gender", reads Damore's lawsuit.

There's no court date set as yet, but Google isn't backing down on its stance.

Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California.

The duo claims that Google discriminates against white male conservatives.

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In September past year, a suit filed on behalf of all women hired by the company in California since 2013 claimed the company consistently pays men more for doing similar work as women in similar conditions.

Google is now facing another lawsuit accusing the company of paying female employees less than their male counterparts. The manifesto claimed women were more prone to "neuroticism" than men, and essentially tried to make the case that girls just typically don't make good engineers.

CNBC on Monday reported a statement regarding Damore's lawsuit from a Google spokesperson, who said that the company "looks forward to defending against Mr. Damore's lawsuit in court".

Not only was Damore fired after his memo went public, but as he puts it, others who spoke out against him were rewarded. Google terminated Gudeman in 2016 after he made comments suggesting a Muslim colleague had a link to terrorism.

The company has never given any indication that it fired Damore for his political views.

This conduct put Google firmly in breach of employment law, the suit claimed.

During a press tour after his firing, Damore said being conservative at Google was comparable to "being gay in the 1950s". The class action suit is also demanding for a jury trial.

Google is also facing a separate claim from at least 60 women who alleged that Google paid them less than their male counterparts, despite having equal qualifications and comparable positions, and "segregated" them into lower-paid jobs.

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