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This article was published on January 9, 2018

Ex-Google anti-diversity manifesto author files class action discrimination suit

Ex-Google anti-diversity manifesto author files class action discrimination suit
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In a twist of irony, James Damore, the former Google employee fired over the infamous anti-diversity memo last year, is suing the company for discrimination.

The lawsuit is not explicitly about Damore’s memo. Instead, Damore and another former engineer are suing the tech giant for not sufficiently protecting its employees. Specifically, the two believe the company should have protected white male employees who hold conservative view points or supported President Donald Trump.

According to Reuters, the lawsuit reads:

Damore, Gudeman, and other class members 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 lawsuit also alleges secret in-house blacklists against conservative media figures who were not allowed to visit the offices. You can read the complete text of it here, though be warned it is quite long. It also includes screenshots of social media postings as evidence.

The two are asking for compensation of some kind, as well as an injunction against Google for its perceived discrimination. According to TIME, a Google spokesperson said in a statement, “We look forward to defending against Mr. Damore’s lawsuit in court.”