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Engineer James Damore fired for 'sexist' memo sues Google

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Nellie Chapman | 10 January, 2018, 15:27

James Damore, the former Google engineer who was sacked after distributing a memo questioning the company's diversity policies, filed a class-action lawsuit Monday claiming that the technology giant discriminates against white men and conservatives.

Now, Damore and other white men who worked at Google are fighting back against the company, saying they were fired for having conservative beliefs and speaking up about them, because, you know, revolution is the festival of the oppressed.

The 161-page complaint filed Monday on behalf of James Damore and another former Google engineer depicts Google as an elitist company that shuns employees who dare to deviate from a liberal agenda embraced by its management and most of its workforce.

Google declined to comment on the lawsuit beyond a one-sentence emailed statement. In addition to the overwhelming percentage of white males on the Google workforce, the company is also facing a gender pay discrimination case for which they refuse to turn data over to the Labor Department, denying there's a problem (even though the New York Times found pay disparity in 1,200 comparable salaries at Google).

Google responded by gleefully telling the press how much they "looked forward to defending against Mr. Damore's lawsuit in court".

The software engineer described Google's workplace environment as being an overly politically correct "ideological echo chamber" that favors groupthink and punishes those with different views.

All of that said, there could be a few inches of daylight in what seems like an otherwise ludicrous set of allegations: In California it's illegal to discriminate in the workplace on the basis of political views, so if Damore's attorney can successfully argue that his feelings against women in tech are actually part of his political stance rather than bald-faced misogyny, then they may be awarded damages.

James Damore and others have filed a class action law suit against Google alleging that they were discriminated against as white males.

Google chief Sundar Pichai said "portions of the memo violate our code of conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace". He said Damore's manifesto and the response to it had created a climate were some people were afraid for their personal safety. The lawsuit further says Google is openly hostile toward conservative opinions and discriminates based on race and gender.