Google Sued for Anti-Conservative Bias by Fired Engineer

Google Memo Author James Damore Sues Company For Discrimination Against White Males

Damore and a second plaintiff David Gudeman, another former Google engineer, are seeking class action status for conservative Caucasian men.

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

Google has yet to respond to the lawsuit.

But while he wanted more diversity of viewpoints, he wasn't so kind to diversity when it came to gender. Travis Kalanick lost his job as Uber Technologies Inc.'s chief executive officer in June amid scandals over sexual harassment, discrimination and an aggressive culture.

Damore was sacked from Google, and while many people cheered this move, some conservative onlookers claimed the engineer actually had a legal case against the tech giant.

The engineer fired by Google in August after he wrote a controversial memo about diversity in the workplace and the political climate at the tech giant has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination against conservative white men. Google terminated Damore for the memo, saying it was contrary to the company's basic values and code of conduct. 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.

Echoing Damore's initial blog post, the suit also accuses Google of "producing an ideological echo chamber" and "a protected, distorted bubble of groupthink" where political correctness was elevated over merit. Google has denied Damore's allegation that its hiring practices are illegal. The suit alleges that Google's diversity efforts are unlawful, citing "illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates" as an example. In internal discussion boards, multiple employees said they supported firing the author, and some said they would not choose to work with him, according to postings viewed by Bloomberg News.

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. Specifically, he said, the gender pay gap "doesn't necessarily imply sexism". The company is 69% male and 56% white, although Google does not report how many describe themselves as "conservative".

On Monday, Damore filed a class action lawsuit against Google in California's Santa Clara Superior Court.

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