The ex-Google employee, James Damore, became known for writing athat 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 court filing.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
“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 theto outrage over the 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 alsoin 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.