San Francisco: A Google engineer fired for writing a memo questioning Google's commitment to diversity has filed a lawsuit, alleging that his ouster was driven by a corporate culture that discriminates against white men and people with conservative views, including supporters of US President Donald Trump. The cases are the latest signs of a broad effort by some conservatives to challenge technology companies on the grounds that they favor liberal or moderate voices, reflecting the prevailing political sensibilities in Silicon Valley.
All of that said, there could be a few inches of daylight in what seems like an otherwise ludicrous set of allegations: In California it's illegal to discriminate in the workplace on the basis of political views, so if Damore's attorney can successfully argue that his feelings against women in tech are actually part of his political stance rather than bald-faced misogyny, then they may be awarded damages.
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Damore is joined in his suit by David Gudeman, a former Google employee who was sacked in December 2016.
"Employees who expressed views deviating from the majority view at Google on political subjects raised in the workplace and relevant to Google's employment policies and its business, such as "diversity" hiring policies, 'bias sensitivity, ' or 'social justice, ' were/are singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google, in violation of their legal rights", the lawsuit stated. Google human resources fired him, saying it was unacceptable to accuse a colleague of terrorism based on their religion. The engineer said that he was mocked and personally insulted before he was sacked last August. He said that Google's mission to include more minorities and women was not beneficial for the company. "We look forward to defending against Mr. Damore's lawsuit in court", the company said.
"The case was filed in California Superior Court", Laura reports.
James Damore penned the controversial memo that circulated at Google, in which he took the time to meticulously note multiple ways that he believes women are unfit for working in the tech sector-including "neuroticism", men's "higher drive for status" and women's greater penchant for work-life balance than men.
Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai explained that "portions of the memo violate our code of conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace". They faulted Pichai for Goggle's decision to let Damore go and said the whole incident substantiated the software engineer's claim about Google not tolerating any opinion that did not coincide with left-leaning views on race and gender.
"In April, a Department of Labor official accused Google of practicing "systemic" discrimination against female employees".