White Man Sues Google for Workplace Discrimination

James Damore blasted Google's diversity policies in a now-infamous 2017 memo
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2018 5:20 PM CST
Man Fired for Comments About Women in Tech Sues Google
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James Damore, the former Google engineer who was fired from the company last year after circulating a memo claiming women are biologically ill-suited for tech jobs, is now suing his former employer. Damore filed a class-action suit in Santa Clara Superior Court today claiming Google discriminates against white men with "perceived conservative political views," TechCrunch reports. The news comes five months after Google fired Damore for publishing his now-infamous 3000-word memo on the company's internal online bulletin board criticizing the company for what he called "unfair" diversity policies that don't acknowledge women's unfitness for tech jobs. Google says it fired Damore for violating its company code of conduct and promoting “harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”

Some legal experts are already saying it will be a hard case for Damore, and his one co-defendant, David Gudeman, to win, USA Today reports. For one thing, Damore published his 10-page memo on a Google forum, and while employees can engage in political activities outside of work, there's no right to political speech in the workplace. In addition, 69% of Google employees are male and 59% are white, making discrimination hard to prove. "Google terminated him for violating its lawful workplace policies," said Jim Evans, a labor and employment lawyer in Los Angeles. "That’s about all Google has to show." (More Google stories.)

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