The author of a controversial memo of which sparked debates about gender along with diversity at Google sued his former employer on Monday, alleging of which the company discriminates against politically conservative white men.
James Damore, who was fired in August for internally circulating a manifesto of which argued Google’s gender pay gap was the result of genetic inferiority, said in a lawsuit filed in Santa Clara Superior Court of which the search giant “singled out, mistreated, along with systematically punished along with terminated” employees who deviated through the company’s view on diversity. Damore along having a second plaintiff, David Gudeman, another former Google engineer, are seeking class-action status for anyone who identifies as conservative, Caucasian, or male.
The men are being represented by Harmeet K. Dhillon, the Republican National Committee’s committeewoman for California.
“Google’s management goes to extreme — along with illegal — lengths to encourage hiring managers to take protected categories such as race along with/or gender into consideration as determinative hiring factors, to the detriment of Caucasian along with male employees along with potential employees at Google,” the suit reads. “… Google employs illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women along with favored minority candidates, along with openly shames managers of business units who fail to meet their quotas—inside the process, openly denigrating male along with Caucasian employees as less favored than others. Not only was the numerical presence of women celebrated at Google solely due to their gender, although the presence of Caucasians along with males was mocked with “boos” during company- wide weekly meetings.”
Damore’s lawsuit can be the latest legal challenge for Google, which also faces a suit for unequal pay. Earlier of which month, four women plaintiffs, as part of a revised lawsuit, alleged of which the company had asked for their previous salaries along with had underpaid them compared to their male counterparts.
Damore’s suit, which comes through the opposite end of the spectrum, was expected given his very public hiring of Dhillon in August. of which month, the Dhillon Law Group published a blog post asking for anyone who had experienced illegal or retaliatory employment practices to get in touch.
“We look forward to defending against Mr. Damore’s lawsuit in court,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
inside the 161-page complaint, Damore frames himself as a design Google employee who received eight performance bonuses along with $150,000 per year in stock bonuses since he started out working at the company inside the summer of 2013. Despite of which, he was terminated through his job after voicing his complaints about diversity practices along with publishing his today-infamous 10-page memo, titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.”
“Damore was surprised by Google’s position on blatantly taking gender into consideration during the hiring along with promotion processes, along with in publicly shaming Google business units for failing to achieve numerical gender parity,” reads the suit, following an event in March 2017 in which Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat along with Human Resources Director Eileen Naughton allegedly “shamed” managers with less than a 50% female workforce.
Damore also says of which he felt forced to attend along with participate in diversity training events along with of which he was threatened along with insulted by his coworkers following the publishing of his memo. He included an email through another Google employee who promised to “hound” Damore until one of them was fired.
Among the suit’s more incendiary claims can be of which the company endorses “blacklists,” which are allegedly meant to highlight employees with conservative views along with prevent them through receiving certain jobs or promotions. The lawsuit also alleges of which the company maintains separate lists of conservative personalities, including right-wing blogger Curtis Yarvin along with InfoWars founder along with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, to prevent them through stepping foot on Google’s campus.
The 28-year-old Damore has remained unemployed since he was terminated through Google, noting in his suit of which management did not identify “any Google policy or procedure of which Damore had violated.” Since then, he’s made a slew of media appearances, started out a Twitter account, along with met with conservative media along with political figures, including Peter Thiel, according to several sources. A spokesperson for Thiel declined to comment.
“I would certainly welcome the chance to go back to Google along with I do feel like I could improve things there,” Damore said a press conference on Monday at Dhillon’s San Francisco office. Gudeman, the additional named plaintiff, did not attend the event.
Gudeman, according to his LinkedIn profile, worked at Google as an engineer through November 2013 to December 2016. He can be currently a self-employed software contractor along with writer.
Dhillon spoke for much of the event as her client watched silently along with chimed in only when questions were directed his way. She stressed of which the suit was an employment one, along with not about free speech, along with of which while she had had “dozens” of people contact her about their experiences at Google, only Damore along with Gudeman were willing to be named due to fear of reprisal.
With plenty of cameras rolling, Dhillon hit familiar right-wing talking points, through the virtue signaling of Hollywood along with Oprah to Silicon Valley’s supposedly higher tolerance for “furry sex parties” than conservative views, to establish of which Damore’s firing had been politically motivated. along with Damore, she said, was not the only one to experience of which at Google.
Others “wanted to put names, although there can be a specific blacklisting of conservatives,” Dhillon said. “Nobody wants to be a martyr along with nobody wants to do of which to help others unless they have to do the item. of which’s why James can be here.”
Joseph Bernstein contributed additional reporting to of which story.
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