Ex-Google employee behind anti-diversity memo sues for discrimination

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Ex-Google employee behind anti-diversity memo sues for discrimination

The data show that 56% of Google's workforce and 53% of its technical staff are white.

James Damore a year ago caused an uproar in Silicon Valley and beyond when he wrote the internal memo, which later became public. 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.

For those wondering, Google's most recent diversity statistics undercut these claims. And now Damore is signalling that he agrees with them.

The case is Damore v. Google LLC, 18-cv-321529, Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County (San Jose).

The class-action lawsuit, filed on behalf of both Damore and another Google engineer, David Gudeman.

In it Mr Damore said Google discriminated against white men and conservatives, and said that people needed to stop assuming that gender gaps in industries implied sexism.

The lawsuit requested an injunction barring Google from discriminating against individuals with conservative political views, as well as for unspecified compensation.

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

"(Google applies) 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."
The women allege that female employees are paid less than their male counterparts.

"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 Caucasian and/or males", the suit reads.

This newspaper reached out to Google and this post will be updated. Damore and his lawyer offer a litany of other examples of bias, even suggesting Google frowns upon "traditional heterosexual monogamy". These messages refer to him as "repulsive, intellectually dishonest, a misogynist and a bad person".

The search engine giant is also now being sued by three women who used to work at Google, alleging it pays women less than men for comparable work.

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