Google executives to a more definitive stand. Damore and another former Google employee David Gudeman, filed a class action lawsuit claiming that Google discriminated against them for their conservative views, their male gender, and their “Caucasian race.”
Damore was fired from the job in August after his Memo went viral on which Google’s chief executive officer Sundar Pichai said that the part of Damore’s memo “violate our code of conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”
“Google employees who expressed views deviating from the majority view at Google on political subjects raised in the workplace and relevant to Google’s employment policies and its business, such as ‘diversity’ hiring policies, ‘bias sensitivity,’ or ‘social justice,’ were/are singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google, in violation of their legal rights,” the lawsuit claims. “Damore, Gudeman, and other class members were ostracized, belittled, and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasians and/or males.”
Damore took a press conference to put some light on the case along with his lawyer Harmeet Dhillon, where he described Damore as an ideal employee who got involved with Google’s diversity efforts because he was seeking a promotion. Damore has been unable to find new employment since he was fired, Dhillon said. He also said that they are seeking other employees to join their class section.
“Don’t be evil, that’s Google’s motto. And yet there is nothing more evil than telling people like James you want to punch them,” Dhillon said.
“We look forward to defending against Mr Damore’s lawsuit in court,”a Google spokesperson said.
Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies, creating a firestorm across the silicon valley.
James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote the note, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying that he had been fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes,” is suing the company for discrimination.
Damore’s 10 page memo accused Google of silencing conservative political opinions and argued the biological differences play a role in the shortage of women in tech and leadership position. It circulated widely inside the company and became public over the weekend, causing a big scene that pressured the