Fired Engineer Says Google Discriminated Based on His 'Male Gender,' 'Caucasian Race'

Alicia Cross
January 9, 2018

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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 engineer fired by Google in August after he wrote a controversial memo about diversity in the workplace and the political climate at the tech giant has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination against conservative white men.

"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. Google terminated Damore for the memo, saying it was contrary to the company's basic values and code of conduct. Damore filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that his employer interfered with his right to engage in protected activities.

Damore's lawsuit is the latest legal challenge for Google, which also faces a suit for unequal pay.

Google did not immediately respond to International Business Times' request for comment. Google has denied Damore's allegation that its hiring practices are illegal.

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In the lawsuit, Mr Damore said the memo was meant to remain internal and had been written in response to a request for feedback from a diversity and inclusion summit he had attended.

"We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company", Brown said in the statement.

The duo say they want to represent all staff discriminated against due to their "perceived conservative political views, male gender and Caucasian race".

Damore said in a lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Santa Clara County that he was harassed and threatened by other Googlers and fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes".

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.

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