James Damore Sues Google – White Male Discrimination

Google Inc. Being sued by ex-engineer for discrimination - against white males. Image Source: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Google Inc. Being sued by ex-engineer for discrimination - against white males. Image Source: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The ex-Google employee, James Damore, became known for writing a controversial 3,300-word memo that argued the gender gap in tech is largely due to women and men being “biologically” different, is suing the search giant for discriminating against white men.

James Damore, who was fired by Google after writing the memo, said the company mistreats, punishes and terminates employees who don’t adhere to the “Googley way,” a set of policies around bias sensitivity, social justice and diverse hiring, according to a court filing.

Ex-Google engineer James Damore is suing the company for discriminating against white male employees. Image Source: Dhillon Law Group

Ex-Google engineer James Damore is suing the company for discriminating against white male employees. Image Source: Dhillon Law Group

“Google employs illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates, and openly shames managers of business units who fail to meet their quotas — in the process, openly denigrating male and Caucasian employees as less favored than others,” according to the court filing.

This lawsuit comes as gender inequality and sexual discrimination has become a front-and-center national conversation. From the #MeToo movement to outrage over the lack of female keynote speakers at this week’s annual Consumer Electronics Show. People are speaking out about how women and people of color are marginalized in the working world.

Silicon Valley companies have grappled over the past couple of years with how to increase workforce diversity in an industry dominated by white men. Google, Facebook, Apple and other tech companies now regularly release diversity reports, highlighting low percentages of women and minority employees, with few moving up the management chain.

James Damore is being represented by Dhillon Law Group, which is seeking class action status on behalf of Damore, another ex-employee David Gudeman and “others similarly situated against Google for its discriminatory employment practices.” The suit was filed in Santa Clara Superior Court in Northern California.

“Not only was the numerical presence of women celebrated at Google solely due to their gender, but the presence of Caucasians and males was mocked with ‘boos’ during company-wide weekly meetings,” the filing reads. “Plaintiffs bring this action to vindicate their legal rights, and to stop Google from repeating these practices against other employees or prospective employees now, and in the future.”

Google was also sued by three former female employees over pay discrimination in September. The former employees allege the company paid women less than men for doing similar work. This case is also seeking class action status.

It seems that “social justice” has come full circle. The “white privilege patriarchy” has now become the aggrieved and oppressed minority. Ironically, it seems that the primary beneficiary of the “social justice” movement has been corporations.

Based on the allegations in these lawsuits, Google was able to cut higher paid white males, employ lower paid women and minorities, as well as reap the public relations benefits of “diversity.” A trend that seems to be common among progressive Silicon Valley tech companies.

 

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Author, Advocate, Blogger & Zombie Aficionado. Air Force veteran and jack of all trades, with a wide range of experience with many different cultures around the world as well as working alongside both CEOs and average Joes. "Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion." A passion that has taken him in many directions from history to zombies to advocacy to News especially in this day and age of "Fake News" and "Alternative Facts." The Truth Is Out There!

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