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

Google Memo Author James Damore Sues Company For Discrimination Against White Males

The lawsuit was filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court and comes five months after Google fired Damore for writing a 10-page memo entitled, "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber". Damore and his lawyer offer a litany of other examples of bias, even suggesting Google frowns upon "traditional heterosexual monogamy".

The complaint? That his former employer unjustly discriminates against conservative white men, or those whose perspectives differ from Google management. Meanwhile, Google's HR department allegedly accused a conservative employee of "inciting violence" after he stated that he would teach traditional gender roles to his children. "This unacceptable behavior occurred at the hands of high-level managers at Google who were responsible for hundreds, if not thousands, of hiring and firing decisions". "Within his lawsuit, Damore further insists that the company "[shames] Google business units for failing to achieve numerical gender parity", and his attorneys characterize him as "surprised" by Google's reaction to his manifesto. Travis Kalanick lost his job as Uber Technologies Inc.'s chief executive officer in June amid scandals over sexual harassment, discrimination and an aggressive culture.

It says Google's employment practices are illegal, and that they employ illegal hiring quotas to fill posts with women and minorities.

Damore clarified his views in an interview with CNNMoney, noting that he was not "saying anything about the women at Google".

In the complaint, filed in California court, Damore contends that Google "ostracized, belittled and punished" him and a fellow plaintiff, and that he and others who share his views at Google long have been "singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google, in violation of their legal rights".

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The suit claims white men were booed at company-wide meetings: "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".

During a press conference livestreamed on Facebook on Monday, she said employees at other big tech companies also contacted her firm. I was truly shocked myself.

The suit alleges Google is aware of the situation but has not moved to fix it.

But while he wanted more diversity of viewpoints, he wasn't so kind to diversity when it came to gender.

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