author of the controversial memo that upended Google in August is
suing the company, alleging that white, male conservatives are
systematically discriminated against by Google.
Damore was fired as an engineer after the manifesto, which
questioned the benefits of diversity programs and suggested women
may be biologically inferior engineers, was widely passed around the
company. In a new lawsuit, he and another fired engineer claim that
“employees who expressed views deviating from the majority view at
Google on political subjects raised in the workplace and relevant to
Google’s employment policies and its business, such as ‘diversity’
hiring policies, ‘bias sensitivity,’ or ‘social justice,’ were/are
singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated
from Google, in violation of their legal rights.”
for Damore and the other engineer, David Gudeman, filed the lawsuit
today in California’s Santa Clara Superior Court, and are seeking to
represent others whose rights they claim were also violated —
specifically, the company’s conservative white men. The lawsuit
contains dozens of pages of internal Google communications that,
according to the suit, demonstrate anti-conservative sentiment at
the company, although that characterization seems debatable in
several of the cited examples.
became a minor celebrity in some parts of the online right after the
memo leaked out. “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits
that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive
and not OK,” CEO Sundar Pichai saidin
an email to staffafter Damore was fired.
was fired in 2016 after making comments about a Muslim colleague.
According to the suit, Google human resources said the comments
suggested Gudeman was linking the colleague to terrorism. The
lawsuit does not contain the full exchange but says Gudeman claimed,
after a colleague said he had been targeted by the FBI, that “the
FBI could have possibly found something interesting” related to the
colleague’s trip to Pakistan.
Google is fighting back claims that women at the company have been
systematically underpaid. After a judge dismissed an initial
group tried againby amending their
complaint this month.