Fired Googler James Damore files a lawsuit claiming "hostility for conservative thought"

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".

James Damore's controversial Google memo was the talk of Silicon Valley last summer.

Damore was sacked from Google, and while many people cheered this move, some conservative onlookers claimed the engineer actually had a legal case against the tech giant. "Google's open hostility for conservative thought is paired with invidious discrimination on the basis of race and gender".

The search engine giant is also now being sued by three women who used to work at Google, alleging it pays women less than men for comparable work.

It alleges that Google singles out and punish employees like Damore who expressed views that don't align with how the majority of employees at the tech firm feel about politics and diversity efforts. Women at Google, Uber, Twitter Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are seeking class-action status in lawsuits accusing those companies of favoring men for promotions in engineering roles. The lawsuit alleges workplace discrimination and retaliation.

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Google did not immediately return a request for comment.

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

Google said it fired Damore for violating the company code of conduct and advancing "harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".

Some legal experts have said Damore faces an uphill battle suing Google. The duo claims that Google discriminates against white male conservatives. Unlike government employees, who have some free speech protections, private employees in the USA have little legal recourse if companies choose to retaliate for things they say at work or at home.

It adds that Google staff laughed at Damore for disagreeing with Google's "Bias Busting" training sessions that address unconscious biases. The contents of this subgroup of additional materials include: (1) female Google employees complaining about Google's alleged culture of sexual harassment against women; (2) discussions of toxic masculinity; (3) the sharing of a post suggesting that people stop reading white, male authors for one year; and (4) a criticism of Dilbert creator Scott Adams.

  • Darren Santiago