A former Google employee — famously fired last year after suggesting in a memo that biology may play a role in the fact that there are more males than females in tech and leadership roles — has sued the online giant for discrimination against conservative white men.
Memo author James Damore was joined by David Gudeman, another former Google engineer, in filing the lawsuit Monday on behalf of all former and current employees, and the document includes several tweets, emails and memos from co-workers who allegedly disparaged the plaintiffs for their right-leaning politics, “white privilege” and their gender.
“Yes. This is ‘silencing.’ I intend to silence these views; they are violently offensive,” one executive wrote, according to the complaint.
Damore was fired five months ago after writing a 3,000-word memo that included the sentence: “I’m simply stating that the 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.”
In Gudeman’s case, he contends that he was punished for defending Donald Trump against accusations from co-workers that the president is “anything like a Nazi or ISIS, or wants to hurt gays, women or the disabled.”
The lawsuit was filed in Santa Clara [California] Superior Court by attorneys Harmeet Dhillon, Ravdeep Grewal and Gregory Michael from Dhillon Law Group.
The plaintiffs and their attorneys say Google “singled out, mistreated and systematically punished and terminated” employees who disagreed with the majority view about “diversity,” “bias sensitivity” and “social justice.”
“Google employees and managers strongly preferred to hear the same orthodox opinions regurgitated repeatedly, producing an ideological echo chamber, a protected, distorted bubble of groupthink,” according to the complaint.
“When plaintiffs challenged Google’s illegal employment practices, they were openly threatened and subjected to harassment and retaliation from Google.”
Google did not respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit comes three months after Prager University, run by radio host Dennis Prager, sued Google’s YouTube for restricting some of their conservative videos.
The lawsuit comes the same day that conservative journalist Charles Johnson sued Twitter, claiming he was illegally banned due to his politics.