Ex-Google engineer fired over gender memo sues for discrimination

  • Ex-Google engineer fired over gender memo sues for discrimination

Ex-Google engineer fired over gender memo sues for discrimination

According to the lawsuit, the company has failed to protect employees, especially white men, from workplace harassment related to their support of US President Donald Trump or conservative political views.

James Damore, the former Google engineer who was sacked after distributing a memo questioning the company's diversity policies, filed a class action lawsuit on Monday claiming racial discrimination by the technology giant.

Another former Google engineer, David Gudeman, is also named in the lawsuit.

Gudeman was sacked in 2016 because he made comments supporting now-President Donald Trump during the presidential campaign and because he questioned a co-worker's claims that he was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation exclusively because he was a Muslim, according to the complaint.

"Google's open hostility for conservative thought is paired with invidious discrimination on the basis of race and gender, barred by law", according to the filing in state court in San Jose, California.

This is a developing story.

Damore, 28, says he submitted early versions of his memo to Google's human resources department without being reprimanded. The suit alleges that Google's diversity efforts are unlawful, citing "illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates" as an example.

Google did not immediately respond to request for comment.

"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 Caucasian and/or males", the suit reads.

But while he wanted more diversity of viewpoints, he wasn't so kind to diversity when it came to gender. "Google has engaged in some shocking activities in my opinion". Google has denied the allegations, arguing that it doesn't have a gender gap in pay.

On Monday, Damore filed a class action lawsuit against Google in California's Santa Clara Superior Court. In that missive, Damore criticized Google for pushing mentoring and diversity programs and for "alienating conservatives".

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.