James Damore sues Google, claims tech giant discriminates against white conservative men

Doug Mendoza
January 11, 2018

The senior engineer who was sacked for writing a memo criticizing Google for pushing diversity has filed a lawsuit, saying the company discriminates against white men and conservatives.

James Damore's class action lawsuit, filed January 8 with the Santa Clara Superior Court in California, alleges that employees who fit that description were "singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google".

Somewhat redundantly, it adds that 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". Damore and Gudeman also claim Google shames hiring managers who fail to meet illegal diversity quotas in place, and that male and white candidates are openly said to be "less favored" than others in the hiring process.

The lawsuit also argues that Google celebrates women as part of their workforce "solely due to their gender", which goes to show that Damore has learned nothing from his experience. In an interview with CNBC, for example, he compared being a conservative at Google to "being gay in the 1950s".

The duo claims that Google discriminates against white male conservatives. 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.

More broadly, the lawsuit alleges that Google - perhaps dominated by employees who voted Democratic in 2016 - has not shielded Donald Trump-supporting employees from harassment. The suit contains over 100 pages of internal memos and emails, which Damore's attorney's allege demonstrate an anti-conservative sentiment with the company and a basis for ongoing discrimination against individuals like their client.

Damore stated that women tend to be more interested in people rather than things, "empathizing vs. systemizing", whereas men have a higher drive for status and so tend to end up in leadership positions.

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Damore in the memo also criticized the company's continued push for diversity, and advocated for a fairer approach to the evaluation of each employee's skillsets individually.

The suit features an image of an e-mail from Alex Hidalgo who works at Google who explicitly told Damore that he was a misogynist and that he would harass him until one of them was sacked.

But Google isn't only accused of leaning too far left; the company is also embroiled in a suit accusing it of systematically underpaying women.

The lawsuit is seeking monetary, non-monetary, and punitive remedies.

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

Damore became an alt-right celebrity after his firing. Last month, a fourth complainant joined their suit.

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