James Damore sues Google for discrimination against conservative white men

James Damore sues Google for discrimination against conservative white men

James Damore, a former Google engineer who was sacked after he wrote a controversial memo claiming that biological differences between men and women might explain why there's a gender gap in tech, is alleging in a lawsuit that the tech firm discriminates against men, conservatives and white people.

Damore is filing the suit alongside David Gudeman, another former Google employee, according to Reuters.

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". This unacceptable behavior occurred at the hands of high-level managers at Google who were responsible for hundreds, if not thousands, of hiring and firing decisions...

Meanwhile, a separate lawsuit filed by three women a month after Damore posted his document, alleged Google pays women less than men for similar work and gives them less opportunity for promotions, bonuses, and raises.

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One subgroup of additional materials attached to the lawsuit is titled "Anti-Caucasian postings". The company is 69% male and 56% white, although Google does not report how many describe themselves as "conservative". Those violations include wrongful termination, workplace harassment, workplace discrimination, retaliation failure to prevent harassment, discrimination and retaliation, and unfair business practices, amongst others.

A representative for Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Damore became a media mainstay after penning a highly controversial 3,300-word memo arguing against Google's perceived culture of political correctness. 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.

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