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Ex-engineer sues Google for discriminating against conservative white males

10 January 2018

A Google engineer who was ousted for writing a controversial anti-diversity memo is suing his former employer, claiming that the tech giant routinely discriminates against white men and alienates conservatives in its ranks.

Damore and Gudeman say in the suit they aim to represent all Google employees who have been discriminated against on the basis of their sex, race, or political views.

James Damore, the software engineer fired from Google after ironically firing off a neurotic memo about "neurotic" women, has launched a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. against his former employer.

James Damore was sacked by Google after he issued a manifesto in which he stated that women were biologically inferior engineers. Specifically, discriminating against white, Conservative males.

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Further on, Damore cited a number of instances at the company when senior staffers instructed employees on taking primarily race and gender into account, adding the stance was not open for debate.The message was reiterated during a Google-organized Diversity Summit in June. Damore isn't alone in the suit, and it has actually turned into a class action suit with support from another former Google engineer, David Gudeman.

If not, he's the engineer who was sacked from his position at Google previous year for writing a memo inferring that women aren't biologically as adept at being engineers as men, and questioning the wisdom of Silicon Valley's diversity efforts, minuscule though they are. Back in August, Google CEO Sundar Pichai addressed the controversy, which questioned the biological ability of women workers in technology, directly in a memo to employees.

Debate surrounding discrimination in the male-dominated tech world has raged for months, with women at numerous major Silicon Valley companies coming forward with stories of bias and sexual harassment.

Google defended, excused, or ignored these harassing posts from the Liberals working at the company, proving that there was a clear discriminatory bias at Google's headquarters.

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Damore also claims that women are only employed by Google to fill quotas, rather than because of their skills and expertise in their jobs, and that white males were mocked with "boos" during weekly meetings.

"Damore, Gudeman, and other class members were ostracized, belittled, and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasians and/or males", the 62-page lawsuit reads. He claimed that employees with conservative beliefs "have to stay in the closet" for fear of retaliation.

Damore and Dhillon are expected to have a press conference at 12 San Francisco. Unlike government employees, who have some free speech protections, private employees in the United States have little legal recourse if companies choose to retaliate for things they say at work or at home. The four women claimed Google underpaid them compared with their male counterparts.

A spokesperson for Google did not immediately respond to TIME's request for comment.

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Ex-engineer sues Google for discriminating against conservative white males