Ex-employees File Discrimination Lawsuit Against Claiming Google

Ex-employees File Discrimination Lawsuit Against Claiming Google

Ex-employees File Discrimination Lawsuit Against Claiming Google

The company is 69% male and 56% white, although Google does not report how many describe themselves as "conservative".

Damore, who garnered national attention after releasing a memo that questioned whether Google's hiring practices geared toward bringing more women into its workforce was practicable, was joined in the lawsuit by former Google employee David Gudeman.

James Damore says Google fired him over his political views, conservative thought and because he is a white man, according to a class action filed in Santa Clara Superior Court.

James Damore, who was sacked in August for internally circulating a manifesto that argued Google's gender pay gap was the result of genetic inferiority, said in a lawsuit filed in Santa Clara Superior Court that the search giant "singled out, mistreated, and systemically punished and terminated" employees that deviated from the company's view on diversity.

Google fired Damore after he wrote a 10-page memo titled Google's Ideological Echo Chamber: How bias clouds our thinking about diversity and inclusion. The suit alleges that Google's diversity efforts are unlawful, citing "illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates" as an example.

"We were sort of brainwashed to believe that this was the natural course of things", he said.

The suit claims employees were awarded peer bonuses for arguing against Damore: "In one example of this, an employee gave a Peer Bonus to another employee, and stated that the bonus was for 'speaking up for googley values and promoting [diversity and inclusion] in the wretched hive of scum and villainy that is [Damore's Memo].' The Google Recognition Team reviewed this justification, considered it appropriate, and allowed the bonus to proceed".

"This lawsuit is really meant to help everyone, both at Google, and people affected by Google's products, and potential future employees", he said. Earlier this month, four women plaintiffs as part of a revised lawsuit, alleged that the company had asked for their prior salaries and had underpaid them compared to their male counterparts.

Google was not immediately available for comment.

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