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Google, Twitter face new lawsuits alleging discrimination against conservative voices

10 January 2018

James Damore, the former Google engineer who was sacked after he wrote a memo sharply criticizing diversity efforts at the company, has filed a class-action lawsuit against his former employer alleging that the tech giant discriminates against conservative white men.

It's reported that Gudeman was sacked from the company in 2016 after comments he made that allegedly connected a Muslim colleague to terrorism. Try for some empathy.

Google, a unit of Alphabet based in Mountain View, California, said in a statement: "We look forward to defending against Mr. Damore's lawsuit in court".

The computer engineer filed his lawsuit in Santa Clara Superior Court.

Damore's lawyer, Harmeet Dhillon, says Damore was encouraged by his employer to share his opinion and should not have been fired for doing so, NPR's Laura Sydell reports.

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The Complaint itself claims that Gudeman and Damore 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". Race and gender, meanwhile, are protected classes under both federal and state law.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai described Damore's screed as violating the company's code of conduct and said that any suggestions about women somehow being biologically less suited for some types of work, was offensive.

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.

Damore was sacked in August for circulating a controversial "anti-diversity" memo that alleged the gender pay gap was a result of genetic differences between men and women, and cited an "ideological echo chamber" at Google. Many at Google and elsewhere, viewed the software engineer's comments as insulting to women and a reflection of a broader and growing intolerance towards minorities in the current politically charged climate.

As Wired has noted, Damore's factual assertions on sex differences range from the uncontroversial to the heavily disputed.

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It alleged that Google uses illegal hiring quotas to achieve a particular percentage of women and minority ethnic employees.

If there's one thing you could give ex-Google engineer James Damore credit for, it's his tenuous (and by tenuous, I mean non-existent) grasp of reality.

James Damore, a former senior software engineer at Google Inc., was sacked in August after writing an internal memo that discussed the issue of diversity in the workplace and more controversially argued that women were less biologically suited to become engineers.

"In April, a Department of Labor official accused Google of practicing "systemic" discrimination against female employees".

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Google, Twitter face new lawsuits alleging discrimination against conservative voices