Fired engineer James Damore sues Google for discriminating against conservative white males

Fired engineer James Damore sues Google for discriminating against conservative white males

James Damore, the guy who was sacked from Google after writing a 10-page screed accusing the company of discriminating against conservative white men, has filed a lawsuit against his previous employers and oh wow, it is ... something.

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.

Somewhat redundantly, it adds that 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".

James Damore was sacked by Google after he issued a manifesto in which he stated that women were biologically inferior engineers.

Months later, Damore has now decided that it was unfair for Google to fire him for his sexist rhetoric, so he's suing them for ... discrimination against white males.

It's an unjust world for conservative white males, say two who filed a lawsuit against Google Monday.

Screenshots of the messages and e-mails from the employees provide ample evidence that the suit isn't making up any of the claims nor are they unsubstantiated.

His claims: that Google unfairly discriminates against white men whose political views are unpopular with its executives.

In September past 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.

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The lawsuit is seeking compensation against Google and an injunction against the company for its alleged discrimination. The manifesto claimed women were more prone to "neuroticism" than men, and essentially tried to make the case that girls just typically don't make good engineers.

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.

The suit features an image of an e-mail from Alex Hidalgo who works at Google who explicitly told Damore that he was a misogynist and that he would harass him until one of them was sacked.

"We look forward to defending against Mr Damore's lawsuit in court", a Google spokesperson told The Register.

The company, which called the memo "offensive" and "harmful", fired Damore, further elevating him as a victim of what his supporters called an overreaching "political correctness" and ideology rigidity within the tech industry.

Not only was the numerical presence of women celebrated at Google exclusively due to their gender, but the presence of Caucasians and males was mocked with "boos" during company-wide weekly meetings.

The suit claims that Google uses "extreme" and "illegal" practices to keep these dudes down.

The suit, filed last week, also adds a fourth complainant, a preschool teacher with a master's degree.

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