James Damore: Ex-Google employee sues company for discriminating against ‘white, conservative males’
James Damore, a former Google engineer, has filed a lawsuit against the tech large for alleged discrimination against him for his conservative political beliefs.
Mr Damore and lawyer Harmeet Dhillon held a information convention in San Francisco and stated the company discriminated against white males who held political beliefs totally different from these of Google executives.
He has been joined within the class motion go well with by one other former Google engineer, Dave ,Gudeman in keeping with the criticism filed in Santa Clara Superior Court in northern California.
The lawsuit says: “Google staff who expressed views deviating from the bulk view at Google on political topics raised within the office and related to Google’s employment insurance policies and its enterprise, reminiscent of ‘variety’ hiring insurance policies, ‘bias sensitivity,’ or ‘social justice’ have been/are singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google, in violation of their authorized rights.”
Mr Damore was sacked final August when his 10-page inner memo criticising the company’s variety insurance policies – particularly questioning the organic functionality of ladies to be in engineering roles – and has been unemployed since.
The doc had, in keeping with Ms Dhillon, been with Google Human Resources division or “circular file” effectively earlier than being uncovered by Motherboard after which printed in full by Gizmodo.
Ms Dhillon stated that “in California your political views are a protected characteristic” and that what Google has allegedly finished to Mr Damore and others is unlawful.
She stated in the course of the information convention: “I don’t want people to get fired for their liberal views.”
But, added that Mr Damore was fired inside 48 hours of the inner memo leaking as a result of a “mob on the internet” decided his views “unpopular”.
“Many of our laws are drafted for the unpopular,” argued Ms Dhillon, who added that in her view Google thinks “the only way to achieve parity in the workplace is through quotas.”
Mr Damore stated he would open to going again to work at Google and it’s his hope that the lawsuit “really help[s] Google [become] a truly inclusive place.”
He additionally famous that “about half” of the folks at Google who responded to an inner ballot truly agreed together with his divisive memo.
Ms Dhillon famous that Google’s motto is “don’t be evil” however there’s “nothing more evil” than managers refusing to rent or work with staff who voted for President Donald Trump, for instance.
She stated the company was not “uniquely hypocritical” and pointed to the latest Golden Globes awards ceremony and Hollywood usually because the “center of…liberal virtue signalling.”
One of the opposite functions of the lawsuit is to “push back on the one story of Google,” Ms Dhillon stated.
The company is presently dealing with one other lawsuit filed by 4 former feminine staff against it for that “story” – that the company doesn’t have sufficient feminine engineers and that there’s a nice pay disparity between women and men within the tech trade as an entire.
The US Department of Labour is investigating the problem as effectively, although Google has stated it has not discovered any pay or job obligation disparities.
Ms Dhillon argued on behalf of Mr Damore that it’s “entirely possible for Google to hire a bunch of women and pay them less,” including that it’s unlawful within the state to “reserve” jobs for ladies and guarded minorities.
Though unemployed, Mr Damore made the rounds on a number of information programmes within the wake of the leaked memo. He claimed on CNBC that discrimination on the company against white, male conservatives was akin to “being gay in the 1950s.”
Google has not publicly responded to Mr Damore’s lawsuit.