Fired engineer who wrote sexist manifesto sues Google
00:45, Jan 9, 2018
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James Damore, a former Google engineer who was sacked after he wrote a controversial memo claiming that biological differences between men and women might explain why there's a gender gap in tech, is alleging in a lawsuit that the tech firm discriminates against men, conservatives and white people.
"Google's open hostility for conservative thought is paired with invidious discrimination on the basis of race and gender". Damore and a second plaintiff David Gudeman, another former Google engineer, are seeking class action status for conservative Caucasian men. Damore, who also filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, appeared to embrace his rising political visibility, posing in a t-shirt with the word "Goolag" written in a multi-colored style that mimicked Google's familiar logo.
The suit goes on to accuse Google of employing "illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates", and claims managers who fail to meet these quotas are openly shamed.
To Google's despair, Damore has not chosen to quietly go away, and has instead chose to sue the company with the help of the Dhillon Law Group for monetary, non-monetary, and punitive damages.
The memo highlights some of the reasons, aside from bias, why there may be a disparity between the amount of men and women working in the tech field and non-discriminatory solutions to fixing the gap.
He said he felt his suit would "really help make Google a truly inclusive place". BuzzFeed News reports that Damore is suing the company on the allegation that it "discriminates against politically conservative white males".
A representative for Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Pichai said that "portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".
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