Lawsuit Alleges Google Managers Booed White Men at Company Meetings


James Damore, the Google senior software engineer fired over his controversial 3,300 word essay on diversity, filed a lawsuit against his former employer on Monday.

But Damore's complaint appears to focus on how hard it is to be a white man in a primarily white and largely male-dominated field and goes after Google for discrimination against being male or Caucasian and its "open hostility for conservative thought".

A Google spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But while he wanted more diversity of viewpoints, he wasn't so kind to diversity when it came to gender. Those violations include wrongful termination, workplace harassment, workplace discrimination, retaliation failure to prevent harassment, discrimination and retaliation, and unfair business practices, amongst others.

This newspaper reached out to Google and this post will be updated. He is asking the court to grant class action status for his lawsuit.

Damore's memorandum argued that biological differences play a role in the shortage of women in tech and leadership positions. Pichai said that "portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".

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

The firing has placed the company into the center of a maelstrom of political controversy.

Damore has said that Google executives had "shamed" him for the views expressed in the memo. "Within his lawsuit, Damore further insists that the company "[shames] Google business units for failing to achieve numerical gender parity", and his attorneys characterize him as "surprised" by Google's reaction to his manifesto.

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. According to the company's most recent demographic report, 69 percent of its workforce and 80 percent of its technical staff are male.

A class-action suit filed Monday in Santa Clara Superior Court in California alleges that Google's management "goes to extreme - and illegal - lengths to encourage hiring managers to take protected categories such as race and/or gender into consideration as determinative hiring factors, to the detriment of Caucasian and male employees and potential employees".