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

Google fired James Damore in August 2017

The suit claims white men were booed at company-wide meetings: "Not only was the numerical presence of women celebrated at Google exclusively due to their gender, but the presence of Caucasians and males was mocked with "boos" during company-wide weekly meetings".

James Damore, the infamous author of the anti-diversity memo that got him fired from Google, is now filing a class-action lawsuit against the company for its discriminatory behavior against white males with conservative political leanings.

Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., had no immediate comment on the complaint.

The imbroglio at Google is the latest in a long string of incidents concerning gender bias and diversity in the tech enclave. The lawsuit alleges workplace discrimination and retaliation. Google CEO Sundar Pichai condemned parts of Damore's post that he said perpetuated stereotypes about women. He is asking the court to grant class action status for his lawsuit.

James Damore was fired from his engineering job at Google past year after he wrote a memo that criticized the company's diversity efforts and argued that the low number of women in engineering positions was a result of biological differences. It circulated widely inside the company and became public over the first weekend in August, causing a furor that amplified the pressure on Google executives to take a more definitive stand. Damore, who also filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, appeared to embrace his rising political visibility, posing in a t-shirt with the word "Goolag" written in a multi-colored style that mimicked Google's familiar logo.

Some legal experts have said Damore faces an uphill battle suing Google.

It accuses the company of failing to protect employees with conservative views, including supporting US President Donald Trump.

It adds that Google staff laughed at Damore for disagreeing with Google's "Bias Busting" training sessions that address unconscious biases.

"We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company", Brown said in the statement. They claim they were discriminated against because they are both male and Caucasian, and Google's practices favor women and minorities. Specifically, he said, the gender pay gap "doesn't necessarily imply sexism".

Mr Damore filed the suit alongside David Gudeman, another former engineer at the firm, at Santa Clara Superior Court in California.

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