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Former Google Engineer Suing Company Over Perceived Discrimination Against White Men

11 January 2018

The sueball was lobbed into the Superior Court of California in Santa Clara on Monday by Damore and fellow former Googler David Gudeman.

The company uses illegal hiring quotas to achieve a certain percentage of women and minority employees, and "Google's management goes to extreme-and illegal-lengths to encourage hiring managers to take protected categories such as race and/or gender into consideration as determinative hiring factors, to the detriment of Caucasian and male employees", the complaint stated.

Damore's original memo, which was leaked this fall, criticized Google's "left leaning" culture and argued that women in engineering were paid less than men due to their biological differences, not because of hiring practice.

At the in-person training, entitled "Bias Busting", Google discussed how biases against women exist in the workplace, and how "white male privilege" exists in the workplace. The lawsuit follows a complaint that Damore filed with the National Labor Relations Board in August on the basis that Google was "misrepresenting and shaming me in order to silence my complaints". In an interview with CNBC, for example, he compared being a conservative at Google to "being gay in the 1950s".

Damore's lawsuit asserts that his former company systematically discriminates against conservative white males.

The suit states that Google engaged in discriminatory hiring practices... specifically utilizing diversity quotas to force more women and people of color into their ranks.

The lawsuit is seeking compensation against Google and an injunction against the company for its alleged discrimination.

A bullet point he wrote claiming women on average tend to be more neurotic than men, with "higher anxiety, lower stress tolerance", caused particular unrest.

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"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.

The lawsuit also alleges that Google employees were awarded bonuses for arguing against Damore's views.

Google said in a statement: "We look forward to defending against Mr Damore's lawsuit in court".

While many have condemned Damore's views, others in the Silicon Valley tech world have wondered if there was a bias at Google that disallowed the open expression of politically conservative viewpoints.

This conduct put Google firmly in breach of employment law, the suit claimed.

Damore became a media mainstay after penning a highly controversial 3,300-word memo arguing against Google's perceived culture of political correctness.

Damore's class action suit comes about four months after his firing.

But Damore said he would "welcome" the chance to go back to work for Google ― whose workforce is still disproportionately white and male ― and continue fighting for the rights of men, Caucasian people and conservatives.

Former Google Engineer Suing Company Over Perceived Discrimination Against White Men