Google engineer fired for sexist memo sues ex-employer

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

The lawsuit, which was filed in the Santa Clara Superior Court on Monday, alleges that Google "discriminated against employees for their perceived conservative political views", as well as due to their "male gender", and "Caucasian race", and "systematically punished" them.

Damore was sacked five months ago after writing a 3,000-word memo that included the sentence: "I'm simply stating that the distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don't see equal representation of women in tech and leadership".

James Damore's class action lawsuit, filed January 8 with the Santa Clara Superior Court in California, alleges that employees who fit that description were "singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google".

The proposed class-action complaint says, "Google's open hostility for conservative thought is paired with invidious discrimination on the basis of race and gender, barred by law".

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Photo James Damore's lawsuit against Google, which fired him a year ago after he criticized its diversity efforts, said, "Google's open hostility for conservative thought is paired with invidious discrimination on the basis of race and gender".

"When it comes to diversity and inclusion, Google's left bias has created a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence", it read. Included in the lengthy post were comments that men and women have different interests and abilities, affecting diversity in tech jobs and pay gaps. "Women generally also have a stronger interest in people rather than things, relative to men".

Outrage from within and outside the company was swift, with #GoogleManifesto trending on Twitter. Pichai said that "portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace". Damore also argued that it was a lack of tolerance of diverse political viewpoints that needed to change.

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