Google Memo Author Sues, Claiming Bias Against White Conservative Men

James Damore

Two former Google employees have filed a class-action lawsuit Monday against Google, with the allegation that the company discriminates against conservative white men, The Hill reported.

The lawsuit, filed Monday by Mr. Damore and another former Google employee with California Superior Court of Santa Clara County, also claims that the company uses illegal quotas in order to hire women and minorities.

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.

Damore was sacked days after his controversial memo was leaked, spurring a fierce debate across Silicon Valley and more widely on whether or not Google's response to fire Damore was right course of action. "As someone who is generally on the "correct" side of this liberal echo chamber, it hasn't affected me much, but I think the vehemence of the reaction to his document proves this point right". In doing so, Damore also painted gross generalizations against women, accusing them of being more neurotic and anxiety-ridden, and he believes these supposed traits render women unsuitable for the stress of higher-level tech jobs.

But while he wanted more diversity of viewpoints, he wasn't so kind to diversity when it came to gender. That practice is "openly denigrating male and Caucasian employees as less favored than others", the lawsuit claimed. They are seeking monetary, non-monetary and punitive damages.

Months later, Damore has now decided that it was unfair for Google to fire him for his sexist rhetoric, so he's suing them for ... discrimination against white males.

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