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09 January 2018, 12:44 | Ricardo Garza
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James Damore, the former Google engineer who was sacked for writing a memo suggesting men were better suited than women for certain tech jobs, is suing the company for allegedly discriminating against white, conservative men.
James Damore says Google fired him over his political views, conservative thought and because he is a white man, according to a class actionfiled in Santa Clara Superior Court.
The memo highlights some of the reasons, aside from bias, why there may be a disparity between the amount of men and women working in the tech field and non-discriminatory solutions to fixing the gap.
Another former Google engineer, David Gudeman, is also named in the lawsuit.
The company uses illegal hiring quotas to achieve a certain percentage of women and minority employees, and "Google's management goes to extreme - and illegal - lengths to encourage hiring managers to take protected categories such as race and/or gender into consideration as determinative hiring factors, to the detriment of Caucasian and male employees", the complaint stated.
Furthermore, Google discriminated against the plaintiffs by threatening to blacklist employees with conservative viewpoints and even allow harassment against those with viewpoints that ran against "liberal orthodoxy", according to the complaint. The company is 69% male and 56% white, although Google does not report how many describe themselves as "conservative".
It alleges that Google singles out and punish employees like Damore who expressed views that don't align with how the majority of employees at the tech firm feel about politics and diversity efforts.
Google chief Sundar Pichai said "portions of the memo violate our code of conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".
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