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Fired Google engineer James Damore’s suit alleges reverse discrimination

James Damore, a former Google engineer fired in 2017, discusses a lawsuit during a news conference, alleging that Google discriminates against workers with conservative opinions, in San Francisco on Jan. 8, 2018.

James Damore, a former Google engineer fired in 2017, discusses a lawsuit during a news conference, alleging that Google discriminates against workers with conservative opinions, in San Francisco on Jan. 8, 2018.   | Photo Credit: AP

James Damore had criticised Google for pushing mentoring and diversity programmes, and for “alienating conservatives.”

A Google engineer fired for writing a memo questioning Google’s commitment to diversity has filed a lawsuit alleging his ouster was driven by a corporate culture that discriminates against white men and people with conservative views, including supporters of President Donald Trump.

The 161-page complaint filed on January 8 on behalf of James Damore and another former Google engineer depicts Google as an elitist company that shuns employees who dare to deviate from a liberal agenda embraced by its management and most of its workforce.

The lawsuit was filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court and comes five months after Google fired Mr. Damore for writing a 10-page memo entitled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.”

In that missive, Mr. Damore criticised Google for pushing mentoring and diversity programmes, and for “alienating conservatives.” He also blamed biological differences for the paucity of women in tech.

Mr. Damore, 28, says he submitted early versions of his memo to Google’s human resources department without being reprimanded. Just a few days after Mr. Damore posted the memo on an internal message board, it was leaked to a technology blog.

Google fired him Aug. 7 amid an uproar among workers offended by its themes.

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