Fired Google engineer's suit claims reverse discrimination

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A Google engineer who was sacked after writing a memo defending the gender gap in Silicon Valley tech jobs as a matter of biology has sued his former employer for discrimination.

Damore's suit, which is joined by another ex-Google engineer named David Gudeman, claims that the company discriminates against conservatives and against white males.

"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", the lawsuit alleged. 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.

Damore was sacked last summer after he wrote a memo criticizing Google for pushing mentoring and diversity programs and for "alienating conservatives".

The suit also claims that "numerical presence of women celebrated at Google" was based "solely due to their gender" while the "presence of Caucasians and males was mocked with "boos" during companywide weekly meetings".

"Google's open hostility for conservative thought is paired with invidious discrimination on the basis of race and gender, barred by law", the suit reads.

Damore in his memo wrote, "I hope it's clear that I'm not saying that diversity is bad, that Google or society is 100 percent fair, that we shouldn't try to correct for existing biases, or that minorities have the same experience of those in the majority".

The lawsuit also claims Google endorsed "blacklists" to keep track of politically conservative employees and prevented right-wing figures like Alex Jones from visiting the company headquarters.

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In September previous year, a suit filed on behalf of all women hired by the company in California since 2013 claimed the company consistently pays men more for doing similar work as women in similar conditions.

In fact, in one segment of the lawsuit, the diversity summit breaks down how Google sought to hire more "diverse" individuals who weren't white or Asian...

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.

Not only was Damore fired after his memo went public, but as he puts it, others who spoke out against him were rewarded. Gudeman was reportedly fired from the company in 2016 after comments he made allegedly linking a Muslim colleague to terrorism.

Damore, who has remained unemployed since leaving Google, and his co-plaintiff are asking for compensatory and punitive damages against the company.

Damore's firing last summer became the talk of the nation, with many in Silicon Valley outraged that Google didn't act even more swiftly to terminate him.

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

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