Former Google engineer fired over gender memo sues for discrimination

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Enero 10, 2018

Google has been accused of discriminating against conservative white men in a class action lawsuit filed by two former engineers. She's filed over 150 pages of screenshots and emails at Google documenting the alleged harassment of Damore and Gudeman, who claims that he faced widespread backlash at the company for supporting Trump.

In a complaint filed January, 8 in the Superior Court of California, Santa Clara, Damore accused the technology giant of "systematically" singling out, punishing and terminating employees whose views on diversity, social justice and gender bias differed from the majority view at Google. However, Pichai defended the author's right to criticize Google training, workplace ideology and whether programs promoting workplace diversity are adequately open to all.

The lawsuit said that Google is anti-conservative, and the plaintiffs submitted documentation as proof. Just a few days after Damore posted the memo on an internal message board, it was leaked to a technology blog.

James Damore previous year caused an uproar in Silicon Valley and beyond when he wrote the internal memo, which later became public. In addition to the overwhelming percentage of white males on the Google workforce, the company is also facing a gender pay discrimination case for which they refuse to turn data over to the Labor Department, denying there's a problem (even though the New York Times found pay disparity in 1,200 comparable salaries at Google).

As a remedy, the companies say they have been aggressively hiring women, blacks and Hispanics, but they have barely titled the scales so far.

After being fired for his controversial manifesto, James Damore is suing Google for discrimination against conservative, white men. In September, three female former Google employees filed a lawsuit against the company, saying it pays women at all levels of the company less than men, as well as assigns them lower job tiers with less opportunity for upward mobility.

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Mr Damore had argued that "distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don't see equal representation of women in tech and leadership" before being sacked by Google.

"You shouldn't have to prove you didn't vote for the president to get a job at Google", Dhillon said.

"When Damore was sacked, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that Google employees can express themselves, but that doesn't mean that anything goes", Laura notes.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai described Damore's screed as violating the company's code of conduct and said that any suggestions about women somehow being biologically less suited for some types of work, was offensive.

After his memo was widely circulated, Damore said he was verbally bullied and threatened by co-workers.

Lawyers for Damore and Gudeman cited multiple examples that they claimed highlighted Google's discriminatory practice on matters pertaining to gender and minorities. "I really believe I could improve things there", he said.

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