Fired engineer sues Google, alleging bias against conservatives and white men

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Former Google engineer James Damore, known for circulating a controversial diversity memo that led to his firing at Google in August of past year, is now suing Google for discrimination in a lawsuit that aims to represent anyone working for Google who believes they have faced discrimination at the company on account of their "perceived conservative political views", "their male gender", or "their Caucasian race".

Damore's suit, which is joined by another ex-Google engineer named David Gudeman, claims that the company discriminates against conservatives and against white males.

Damore, Gudeman and company 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", the suit reads.

Damore and Gudeman, who was reportedly dismissed from the firm following a confrontation with a Muslim colleague on an internal forum, alleged that the technology giant "employed illegal hiring quotas" to fill positions with its desired percentages of women and ethnic minority candidates, which they claimed discriminates against white male applicants.

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.

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There's no court date set as yet, but Google isn't backing down on its stance.

The suit claims Google protected employees who silenced conservatives: "Google created an environment of protecting employees who harassed individuals who spoke out against Google's view or the 'Googley way, ' as it is sometimes known internally".

Debate surrounding discrimination in the male-dominated tech world has raged for months, with women at numerous major Silicon Valley companies coming forward with stories of bias and sexual harassment.

An engineer fired from Google last summer over a controversial memo is suing the company for discrimination.

More broadly, the lawsuit alleges that Google - perhaps dominated by employees who voted Democratic in 2016 - has not shielded Donald Trump-supporting employees from harassment. The manifesto claimed women were more prone to "neuroticism" than men, and essentially tried to make the case that girls just typically don't make good engineers.

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

Not only was Damore fired after his memo went public, but as he puts it, others who spoke out against him were rewarded.

Damore was eventually fired, but he was never explicitly told what policy he violated.

But Google isn't only accused of leaning too far left; the company is also embroiled in a suit accusing it of systematically underpaying women.

During a press tour after his firing, Damore said being conservative at Google was comparable to "being gay in the 1950s".

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The exhibits in Damore's suit include several emails sent to him by other Google employees.

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