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Former Google Engineer Who Wrote Diversity Memo Files Suit

09 January 2018

The Google engineer who was sacked for writing a memo criticizing Google for pushing diversity is suing the company, saying it discriminates against white men and conservatives. The memo in which he criticized the company's hiring practices, and claimed that disparities between men and women in the technology industry were at least partially due to behavioral differences between those genders due to biology, led to his firing from the company in August. He's not alone in this claim as another ex-employee from Google, David Gudeman, has lent his support to Damore's cause.

Shortly following the memo's release, Google's Chief Executive Sundar Pichai announced that the memo had violated Google's code of conduct "by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace". Damore was quickly fired.

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Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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.

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To Google's despair, Damore has not chosen to quietly go away, and has instead made a decision to sue the company with the help of the Dhillon Law Group for monetary, non-monetary, and punitive damages.

The complaint, which can be read in full below, is packed full of examples of internal communications at Google showing the intense pressure that was brought to bear on conservatives at the company, as well as anyone who disagreed with the political priorities of its progressive employees.

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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.

Former Google Engineer Who Wrote Diversity Memo Files Suit