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

Javier Stokes
January 9, 2018

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.

The Dhillon Law Group said it was filing a class action law suit on behalf of James Damore and others it says were discriminated against due to their "perceived conservative political views", their gender and their Caucasian race.

Former Google engineer James Damore, known for circulating a controversial diversity memo that led to his firing at Google in August of a year ago, 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 lawsuit was filed Monday in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

The proposed class-action complaint says, "Google's open hostility for conservative thought is paired with invidious discrimination on the basis of race and gender, barred by law".

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The essay, called "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber", set off a firestorm of outrage in August as it made the rounds within the company and then beyond. Damore also suggested that Google pushes a leftist agenda and silences conservative voices.

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.

Outrage from within and outside the company was swift, with #GoogleManifesto trending on Twitter.

Google chief Sundar Pichai said "portions of the memo violate our code of conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".

After he was sacked, he became a cult hero of the political right. Damore also argued that it was a lack of tolerance of diverse political viewpoints that needed to change.

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