Lawsuit Alleges Google Managers Booed White Men at Company Meetings

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Damore and Gudeman say in the suit they aim to represent all Google employees who have been discriminated against on the basis of their sex, race, or political views.

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".

The contents of the lawsuit are bound to drum up controversy, with no-holds-barred wording that accuses Google of a hiring policy that favours women and "minority" candidates and "shames" business unit managers who fail to meet diversity and gender "quotas".

Damore was sacked last summer after he wrote a memo criticizing Google for pushing mentoring and diversity programs and for "alienating conservatives".

Now, Damore is suing Google for what he alleges is the company's discrimination against white male conservatives.

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Damore was sacked from Google, and while many people cheered this move, some conservative onlookers claimed the engineer actually had a legal case against the tech giant. In an interview with CNBC, for example, he compared being a conservative at Google to "being gay in the 1950s".

The suit includes as evidence of discrimination a meeting held in March ("Women's History Month") in which two women, Ruth Porat, the Chief Financial Officer of Google, and Eileen Naughton, the Human Resources Director of Google.

Google is now facing another lawsuit accusing the company of paying female employees less than their male counterparts.

The lawsuit also claims Google endorsed "blacklists" to keep track of politically conservative employees and prevented right-wing figures like Alex Jones from visiting the company headquarters.

While one Reddit commenter claimed Damore's actions were a publicity stunt, others wrote he had a case and that other tech companies should be paying attention.

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CNBC on Monday reported a statement regarding Damore's lawsuit from a Google spokesperson, who said that the company "looks forward to defending against Mr. Damore's lawsuit in court".

The company, which called the memo "offensive" and "harmful", fired Damore, further elevating him as a victim of what his supporters called an overreaching "political correctness" and ideology rigidity within the tech industry.

Damore became a media mainstay after penning a highly controversial 3,300-word memo arguing against Google's perceived culture of political correctness.

Not only was the numerical presence of women celebrated at Google exclusively due to their gender, but the presence of Caucasians and males was mocked with "boos" during company-wide weekly meetings.

This conduct put Google firmly in breach of employment law, the suit claimed.

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The suit, filed last week, also adds a fourth complainant, a preschool teacher with a master's degree.

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