Last August, Google fired James Damore shortly after the engineer’s internal screed against affirmative action at the company ran viral. Monday, Damore sued Google for illegally discriminating against whites, males, and reactionaries, has proved that the company cannot rid itself of its controversy-courting former employee so easily.
Damore’s complaint includes 86 pages of screenshots from internal Google discussion meetings, presented as evidence of alleged “anti-conservative” and “anti-Caucasian” bias, or Google’s alleged is supportive of political violence( such as Nazi-punching ). Immediately, the images became among the largest troves of internal Google discussions exposed to the public, including some images with the full epithets and profile photographs of Google employees, some of whom previously ought to have harassed for their opposition to the memo. Many are written with the earnest, unguarded candor of people who did not expect their words to travel outside of Google.
The lawsuit seeks class-action status, claiming that Google’s efforts to increase the gender and racial diversity of its workforce omit white people, humen, and conservatives. It also argues that Google employees with conservative opinions are reproached, blacklisted, and denied possibilities because they departed from Google’s liberal orthodoxy.
There’s some irony in those assertions. Google’s overall personnel is 69 percentage male and 56 percent white, according to the company’s most recent diversity report. Google’s technical employees are 80 percent male and 53 percentage white. Google’s leadership is 75 percent male and 68 percent white. The corporation is facing a Department of Labor investigation and a private suit claiming that it discriminate against women in pay, and promotion.
The claims of political discrimination are not based on the First Amendment, which does not apply to private employers, but rather on a California law protecting political points of view. Damore’s lawyer, Harmeet Dhillon, claims to have won settlements in California based on discrimination against conservatives before, arguing that treating white, conservative men as a protected class “would not be a precedent, it would simply be an be applied in the law.”
In a statement to WIRED, a Google spokesperson said, “We look forward to defending against Mr. Damore’s lawsuit in court.” Regardless of the merits of the case, Google now faces increased scrutiny on not only its employ practices.
At a Monday press conference in San Francisco, Dhillon, a prominent conservative who was considered for its own position in the Trump administration, said “It is not fashionable and I’m sure it’s going to be sneered at today on Twitter, ” but white male conservatives are treated unfairly in Silicon Valley. More than once, she asked conservatives who may have been denied a undertaking at Google based on their beliefs to get in touch with her law firm. “People should not have to prove that they didn’t be voting in favour of the president to get a job at Google, ” she said.