Fired Google engineer who wrote controversial memo sues tech firm

Fired Google engineer who wrote controversial memo sues tech firm

The former Google engineer who was sacked over a memo he wrote that suggested biological reasons are behind the predominance of male engineers at the company filed a lawsuit in state court on Monday.

Engineer James Damore's memo, which was leaked this fall, criticized Google's "left leaning" culture and attempted to argue that women in engineering were paid less than men due to their biological differences, not because of hiring practices.

Damore, Gudeman and company were "ostracized, belittled and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasians and/or males", the suit reads.

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Titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber", it caused fierce debate about free speech in the workplace and diversity in Silicon Valley.

It says Google's employment practices are illegal, and that they employ illegal hiring quotas to fill posts with women and minorities.

More broadly, the lawsuit alleges that Google - perhaps dominated by employees who voted Democratic in 2016 - has not shielded Donald Trump-supporting employees from harassment.

In the lawsuit, Mr Damore said the memo was meant to remain internal and had been written in response to a request for feedback from a diversity and inclusion summit he had attended.

Damore clarified his views in an interview with CNNMoney, noting that he was not "saying anything about the women at Google". He also blamed biological differences for the paucity of women in tech.

He claims he was "chastised for attempting to stand up for Caucasian males and his conservative views" by Google's HR department.

"People don't want to out themselves as conservatives", she said. Damore filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that his employer interfered with his right to engage in protected activities. "There's a Lord of the Flies mentality". Last week, four former Google employees, who previously worked in a range of roles at the company, came forward as part of a revised gender-pay lawsuit. Any managers whose workforce didn't include 50 percent women were publicly shamed-and so, according to Damore, were the white male employees hired in their place.

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