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

Cesar Mills
January 9, 2018

Last August, Google fired engineer James Damore for penning a memo (more of a 3,300-word screeching manifesto) that argued against workplace diversity, which he claimed was damaging to political conservatives, who he said are consequently afraid to speak their minds.

James Damore filed a class-action complaint Monday in state court in San Jose after setting off a firestorm in August with a 10-page memo blasting what he called Google's "left bias" and saying the company created a "politically correct monoculture". But Damore's complaint appears to focus on how hard it is to be a white man in a primarily white and largely male-dominated field and goes after Google for discrimination against being male or Caucasian and its "open hostility for conservative thought".

He also blasted Google's efforts at diversity.

It says Google's employment practices are illegal, and that they employ illegal hiring quotas to fill posts with women and minorities.

Damore's lawsuit, which includes as a plaintiff another engineer, David Gudeman, was filed in Santa Clara Superior Court Monday and alleges the company discriminated against employees for their "perceived conservative political views", their "male gender" and "Causasian race".

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The lawsuit claims that Google is guilty of mistreating and terminating employees whose views deviated "from the majority view at Google on political subjects raised in the workplace".

His memo argued there were few women in top jobs at the firm due to biological differences in their capabilities. "Google's management goes to extreme - and illegal - lengths to encourage hiring managers to take protected categories such as race and/or gender into consideration as determinative hiring factors, to the detriment of Caucasian and male employees and potential employees at Google".

Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., had no immediate comment on the complaint. Women at Google, Uber, Twitter Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are seeking class-action status in lawsuits accusing those companies of favoring men for promotions in engineering roles.

He claims he was "chastised for attempting to stand up for Caucasian males and his conservative views" by Google's HR department. "Google has engaged in some shocking activities in my opinion".

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