Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Fired Programmer James Damore Sues Google for Discrimination - Against White Men

Google Memo Author James Damore Sues Company For Discrimination Against White Males Ex-Google Engineer Says Search Giant Has 'Secret Blacklist' to Bar Conservatives From Entry
Edward Snyder | 11 January, 2018, 09:23

Former Google engineer James Damore, known for circulating a controversial diversity memo that led to his firing at Google in August of past year, is now suing Google for discrimination in a lawsuit that aims to represent anyone working for Google who believes they have faced discrimination at the company on account of their "perceived conservative political views", "their male gender", or "their Caucasian race".

The Dhillon Law Group said it was filing a class action law suit on behalf of James Damore and others it says were discriminated against due to their "perceived conservative political views", their gender and their Caucasian race. They want to represent other Google employees and former employees who they claimed were "ostracised, belittled and punished" by the company for their political views and for being white males. "This is the essence of discrimination - Google formed opinions about and then treated plaintiffs not based on their individual merits, but rather on their membership in groups with assumed characteristics".

Any judge who takes a look at the evidence and the responses from Google's human resources department would likely see an open and shut case.

At a subsequent gathering in June, the "Diversity and Inclusion Summit", the same message was repeated. The lawsuit follows a complaint that Damore filed with the National Labor Relations Board in August on the basis that Google was "misrepresenting and shaming me in order to silence my complaints".




He's the senior software engineer fired by Google last summer after a controversial essay he wrote about the company's diversity policies went viral.

The suit claims Google maintains a blacklist of conservatives media personalities not allowed on company grounds: It allegedly includes radio host Alex Jones and conservative blogger Curtis Yarvin. According to the suit, Damore expressed displeasure with discussion of biases against women and the existence of "white male privilege".

Google did not immediately reply to a Law&Crime request for comment. And now Damore is signalling that he agrees with them. His colleagues and managers, as he puts it, "laughed at him derisively". They considered his views to be conservative, and thus flawed and worthy of disparagement. Peer bonuses are given by fellow employees, but have to be approved by Google's "Recognition Team". In an interview with CNBC, for example, he compared being a conservative at Google to "being gay in the 1950s".

All of this comes from just the first dozen or so pages dealing with James Damore and his firing. In September, three female former Google employees filed a lawsuit against the company, saying it pays women at all levels of the company less than men, as well as assigns them lower job tiers with less opportunity for upward mobility. One employee, a manager, even recommended creating a blacklist of people who make diversity hard.

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