Sports

Fired Engineer Sues, Claims Google Discriminates Against White, Male Conservatives

Fired Engineer Sues, Claims Google Discriminates Against White, Male Conservatives

The engineer who was sacked by Google after he criticized its diversity policies - he issued a memo saying women land fewer tech jobs than men because of biological differences - sued his ex-employer, alleging that he and others at the internet giant were harassed over their conservative political views.

James Damore's class action lawsuit, filed January 8 with the Santa Clara Superior Court in California, alleges that employees who fit that description were "singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google".

"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 161-page court filing [PDF] stated.

Damore came to fame after he wrote the now-infamous "Google Manifesto, " where he pointed out that "differences in distributions of traits between men and women may in part explain why we don't have 50% representation of women in tech".

In September, three women who previously worked at Google filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming gender-based pay discrimination.

Former Google engineer, James Damore, is suing Google for discrimination.

Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California.

He is now claiming that Google discriminates against politically conservative white men.

In September a year ago, 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.

The suit claims Google protected employees who silenced conservatives: "Google created an environment of protecting employees who harassed individuals who spoke out against Google's view or the 'Googley way, ' as it is sometimes known internally".

This follows a pattern seen elsewhere in the document, and in the immediate aftermath of the Damore memo's leak and publication, in which disagreement with diversity drives is taken to be an offense that warrants HR intervention, possible firing, and even blacklisting. At the time of his ouster, Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, described Damore's comments as "offensive", arguing they violating the company's Code of Conduct and would advance "harmful gender stereotypes in the workplace".

The class-action lawsuit suggests that there may be many other current and former Google employees who similarly suffered.

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

Google said it looks forward to defending itself against Damore's accusations in court.

Damore became a media mainstay after penning a highly controversial 3,300-word memo arguing against Google's perceived culture of political correctness. Last month, a fourth complainant joined their suit.


  • Sydney suffers through hottest day in 80 years

    Sydney suffers through hottest day in 80 years

    The Australian and England cricket teams suffered temperatures in the 50s out on the field at the Sydney Cricket Ground. An afternoon breeze helped cool the city a few degrees. "It was certainly the hottest place in Australia ", he said.
    JFK airport tries to catch up after cascade of winter woes

    JFK airport tries to catch up after cascade of winter woes

    As of Sunday night, more than 500 flights had been cancelled or delayed, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. Frozen equipment, luggage-handling problems and staff shortages slowed down operations on the ground.
    We Are Blood in critical need of Type O blood

    We Are Blood in critical need of Type O blood

    More than 150 blood drives were forced to cancel because of it, causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. Thesenga tells KARE 11 that while 38 percent of Americans are eligible to donate, just 10 percent do.
  • Dustin Johnson six inches from a hole-in-one ... from 433 yards!

    Dustin Johnson six inches from a hole-in-one ... from 433 yards!

    But not for Johnson who is now a 17-time PGA TOUR victor after his eight-shot demolition at the Sentry Tournament of Champions . Brian Harman closed with a 72 for third on 277 after starting the day two shots behind Johnson.
    Woody Allen's Daughter Calls Out Hollywood Hypocrites By Name

    Woody Allen's Daughter Calls Out Hollywood Hypocrites By Name

    This is because of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow's claim of sexual abuse against him in 1992, when she was seven. Allen has continually denied Farrow's allegations.
    Among 4 New Laptops, Acer Introduces World's Thinnest Laptop

    Among 4 New Laptops, Acer Introduces World's Thinnest Laptop

    The Swift 7 will debut in March for $1699, while the new Nitro 5 notebooks will appear in May with a starting price of $799. The laptop is powered by the 8 generation Intel core processor, with a maximum battery life of 12 hours.
  • Middle School Teacher Handcuffed, Arrested at School Board Meeting

    Middle School Teacher Handcuffed, Arrested at School Board Meeting

    It remains unclear whether the marshal was acting on his own accord or on orders of the board members, according to KATC. A Louisiana English teacher's criticism of the superintendent's $38,000 raise was met with handcuffs and a trip to jail.
    US News ranks Clemson College of Education #1 national online program

    US News ranks Clemson College of Education #1 national online program

    The College of Education's online graduate program continues to rank among the best in the nation at No. 13. In addition, students can tailor the online BGS degree by choosing up to three of 24 fully online minors.

    Korea seeks to discuss divided families, easing tensions at inter-Korean talks

    Critics called Kim's mixed message a gambit to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington, weaken USA -led worldwide pressure and buy time for North Korea to flawless its nuclear weapons.
  • Xbox One Gets 'Do Not Disturb' Feature

    Xbox One Gets 'Do Not Disturb' Feature

    Now in the Alpha ring, the new system update comes with improvements to the Guide, and a key new feature: Do Not Disturb . Mini Game Hubs will let you see Looking for Group posts, your online friends, upcoming Achievements, and more.
    NY Assemblywoman Pamela Harris Indicted On Fraud, Witness Tampering Charges

    NY Assemblywoman Pamela Harris Indicted On Fraud, Witness Tampering Charges

    The 57-year-old spent $10,000 of her ill-gotten gains on vacation getaways, reported the New York Daily News . She again deceived the Council by saying the funds would be used for rental space.
    Anushka Sharma returns Mumbai sans hubby Virat Kohli

    Anushka Sharma returns Mumbai sans hubby Virat Kohli

    And hence she got a sweet surprise from her co-star Shah Rukh Khan as she got back on the sets of her upcoming film Zero . Anushka Sharma shared the picture of a flower bouquet on her Instagram story, she wrote: Great to be back on set.