Fired Google engineer's suit claims reverse discrimination

Fired Google engineer's suit claims reverse discrimination

Fired Google engineer's suit claims reverse discrimination

James Damore on Monday filed a class-action complaint after setting off a firestorm in August with a 10-page memo blasting Google's "left bias" for creating a "politically correct monoculture".

Photo James Damore's lawsuit against Google, which fired him previous year after he criticized its diversity efforts, said, "Google's open hostility for conservative thought is paired with invidious discrimination on the basis of race and gender".

In the complaint, filed in California court, Damore contends that Google "ostracized, belittled and punished" him and a fellow plaintiff, and that he and others who share his views at Google long have been "singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google, in violation of their legal rights".

Echoing Damore's initial blog post, the suit also accuses Google of "producing an ideological echo chamber" and "a protected, distorted bubble of groupthink" where political correctness was elevated over merit.

Google has been accused of discriminating against conservative white men in a class action lawsuit filed by two former engineers.

"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 and potential employees at Google", the suit reads.

During a press conference livestreamed on Facebook on Monday, she said employees at other big tech companies also contacted her firm. The suit alleges that Google's diversity efforts are unlawful, citing "illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates" as an example.

Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., had no immediate comment on the complaint. Damore and Gudeman are seeking monetary and other damages.

The search engine giant is also now being sued by three women who used to work at Google, alleging it pays women less than men for comparable work. "Google has engaged in some shocking activities in my opinion".

In it Mr Damore said Google discriminated against white men and conservatives, and said that people needed to stop assuming that gender gaps in industries implied sexism.

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