New lawsuit alleges Google discriminates against white male conservatives

Two former Google employees are bringing a class action lawsuit alleging that the firm discriminates against conservative white men

Last August, Google fired engineer James Damore for penning a memo (more of a 3,300-word screeching manifesto) that argued against workplace diversity, which he claimed was damaging to political conservatives, who he said are consequently afraid to speak their minds.

Filed Monday morning, the class-action lawsuit argues that Google discriminates against white conservative men on the basis of their "male gender" and "Caucasian race", further alleging that there is "open hostility for conservative thought" in the Google workplace. They want to represent other Google employees and former employees who they claimed were "ostracised, belittled and punished" by the company for their political views and for being white males.

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

Now he is suing the company, alleging that Google systematically discriminates against white, male conservatives.

In their lawsuit, the pair claimed Google staffers openly discussed in meetings how women and members of certain ethic groupings would receive preferential treatment when it came to hiring and promotions.

Ex-employee James Damore files lawsuit after being fired; William La Jeunesse has the latest details on the case. She claimed Google has cultivated a "Lord of the Flies mentality", where "someone can be singled out and group shamed" for expressing views or identities that are deemed unpopular by management.

In September a year ago, a suit filed on behalf of all women hired by the company in California since 2013 claimed the company consistently pays men more for doing similar work as women in similar conditions.

The class-action lawsuit suggests that there may be many other current and former Google employees who similarly suffered.

A bullet point he wrote claiming women on average tend to be more neurotic than men, with "higher anxiety, lower stress tolerance", caused particular unrest.

Google said in a statement: "We look forward to defending against Mr Damore's lawsuit in court".

Danielle Brown, at that time the Google vice president of diversity, responded to the document in a memo, writing that the document "advanced incorrect assumptions about gender" and that "it's not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages". Gudeman was reportedly fired from the company in 2016 after comments he made allegedly linking a Muslim colleague to terrorism.

But the lawsuit contends Damore's firing reflects Google's intolerance for opinions that aren't widely shared by its workforce.

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.

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