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Fired Engineer Says Google Discriminated Based on His 'Male Gender,' 'Caucasian Race'

Fired Engineer Says Google Discriminated Based on His 'Male Gender,' 'Caucasian Race'

However, Damore's attorneys are extra bold in their assertion that another he, along with former Google employee (David Gudeman) and unspecified others, have been wronged to the degree that a class-action lawsuit is warranted.

Google did not immediately respond to International Business Times' request for comment.

The survey also pointed to the lack of diversity among startup business' board of directors; More than 51 per cent of startup teams were made up of mostly men, a slight increase from previous year (50 per cent). Travis Kalanick lost his job as Uber Technologies Inc.'s chief executive officer in June amid scandals over sexual harassment, discrimination and an aggressive culture.

This newspaper reached out to Google and this post will be updated.

Google fired Damore in August after he distributed a 3,000-word missive arguing that the "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". Damore filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that his employer interfered with his right to engage in protected activities.

It accuses the company of failing to protect employees with conservative views, including supporting US President Donald Trump. At least one USA congressman and numerous commentators, some representing the far right, have blasted the company's decision, accusing it of suppressing free speech. Google said he had perpetuated gender stereotypes and fired him in August. Google has denied Damore's allegation that its hiring practices are illegal.

Google fired Damore after he wrote a 10-page memo titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber: How bias clouds our thinking about diversity and inclusion". The duo claims that Google discriminates against white male conservatives.

The complaint, which can be read in full below, is packed full of examples of internal communications at Google showing the intense pressure that was brought to bear on conservatives at the company, as well as anyone who disagreed with the political priorities of its progressive employees. The data show that 56 percent of Google's workforce and 53 percent of its technical staff are white.

The lawsuit, which was filed on Monday and seeks class action status, also claims that Google uses "illegal hiring quotas" to employ a certain percentage of women and minorities.

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