Fired Google engineer's suit claims reverse discrimination
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Jan 09, 2018,
Jan 09, 2018, 1:53
James Damore, the infamous author of the anti-diversity memo that got him fired from Google, is now filing a class-action lawsuit against the company for its discriminatory behavior against white males with conservative political leanings.
The lawsuit says the men were "openly threatened and subjected to harassment and retaliation" at the company, which they describe as an "ideological echo chamber".
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".
The lawsuit says that teams that were less than half women were "shamed" by Google managers at a company event and that the presence of white people and men were booed at meetings.
Damore clarified his views in an interview with CNNMoney, noting that he was not "saying anything about the women at Google".
The suit alleges that Google employees who expressed views deviating from the majority at Google on politics or on employment practices including "diversity hiring policies, bias sensitivity, and social justice" were "singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google", in violation of their legal rights.
Gudeman was sacked in December 2016 after a confrontation with a Muslim coworker on an internal Google forum, according to the lawsuit.
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.
Attorney Harmeet Dhillon, who is a national committeewoman for the Republican National Committee, said "dozens" of current and former Google employees have reached out to her firm after learning she is representing Damore because they've suffering similar discrimination. Jr.'Meanwhile, the publisher of "Fire and Fury" said any efforts to suppress the book are "flagrantly unconstitutional.'In a letter to company employees Monday and shared with The Associated Press, Macmillan CEO John Sargent wrote "no American court" would go along with President Trump should he sue to have "Fire and Fury" withdrawn.Macmillan is the parent organization of Henry Holt and Company, which released the book".
The suit includes allegations from other unnamed current and former employees.