Ex-Google engineer sues former employers for discrimination


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. He's not alone in this claim as another ex-employee from Google, David Gudeman, has lent his support to Damore's cause.

After Damore's memo went public and he lost his job, the internet joined in a good ol' fashioned pile-on, informing Damore that if he felt alienated, it was likely less to do with being conservative or white or male, and more for being giant asshat who believed (and proudly shared his beliefs) that women were biologically unfit for jobs in tech.

Damore, 28, says he submitted early versions of his memo to Google's human resources department without being reprimanded.

In a press conference on Monday, Dhillon, who is also the Republican National Committee's Committeewoman from California, said people shouldn't be discriminated against for their political beliefs.

In fact, she said she spoke with "dozens" of employees at Google to formulate the lawsuit and that she expects there will be "future lawsuits" to explore, as well.

In a subsection titled, "Google Maintains Secret Blacklists of Conservative Authors", the lawsuit says conservative blogger Curtis Yarvin set off a "silent alarm" when he visited an employee at Google's Silicon Valley office in 2016.

He was sacked for advancing harmful gender stereotypes and violating the company's code of conduct. According to his filing, Google employs "illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates, and openly shames managers of business units who fail to meet their quotas-in the process, openly denigrating male and Caucasian employees as less favored than others". They want to represent other Google employees and former employees who they claimed were "ostracised, belittled and punished" by the company for their political views and for being white males.

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.

But Damore said he would "welcome" the chance to go back to work for Google ― whose workforce is still disproportionately white and male ― and continue fighting for the rights of men, Caucasian people and conservatives.

"We look forward to defending against Damore's lawsuit in court", a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

This newspaper reached out to Google and this post will be updated. At the time of his ouster, Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, described Damore's comments as "offensive", arguing they violating the company's Code of Conduct and would advance "harmful gender stereotypes in the workplace".

Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California.

The suit, filed last week, also adds a fourth complainant, a preschool teacher with a master's degree.