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Google Engineer Fired for Memo Criticizing Diversity Policies Is Back – Here’s Why

What’s going on?

James Damore, a Google engineer fired last summer over an internal memo criticizing Google’s diversity programs, is now joining another ex-Googler to sue the company for illegal discrimination against employees based on race, gender and political views.

Along with fellow former Google engineer David Gudeman, Damore is seeking class-action status so others who allege discrimination because they are white, male or conservative can join the suit.

The lawsuit claims that “Google employs illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates, and openly shames managers of business units who fail to meet their quotas—in the process, openly denigrating male and Caucasian employees as less favored than others.”

Remind me about this memo:

The 10-page memo went viral back in August and detailed Damore’s criticisms of Google’s diversity efforts. Damore, who had worked at Google since 2013, pushed back against the idea that every gender gap in technology is due to sexism and explored potential reasons for Google’s gender gap in leadership positions.

“I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes,” Damore wrote. “When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions. If we can’t have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem.”

Glenn’s take:

“Ridiculous overreaction by Google,” Glenn said. “By firing Damore, Google basically confirmed, ‘Yeah, you can’t speak out if you have a different opinion.’”

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: So do you remember the name James Damore?

James Damore was the senior software engineer at Google. He was fired last August for his internal memo that was titled, Google's ideological echo chamber.

In this, he criticized the diversity policies of Google. He said that they actually result in reverse discrimination and suppress conservative political points of view.

The media jumped on this. It got all kinds of attention at the time, mainly because Damore's memo was painted as, yes. Antidiverse and sexist.

So Damore dared to point out that men and women have biological and personality deficiencies that might account for different professional and personal properties. What a Neanderthal! Grab the club. He said that Google's culture of bias included programs, mentoring, and classes only for people with a certain gender or race, and that they prioritize diversity candidates well, Google didn't like that much, and so they fired him.

Ridiculous overreaction by Google, and really fascistic in nature. By firing Damore, Google basically confirmed, yeah, you can't speak out if you have a different opinion.

No one at Google, no one in the media seemed to appreciate the respectful, well-reasoned arguments that he made in his memo. Nobody seemed to appreciate that. He was just a Neanderthal. They only had blind rage toward his discussion of gender. It could the be heard. Well, he's not fighting back. Yesterday he filed a class action lawsuit against Google, and here's his claim.

You can't hear this every day.

He said Google unfairly discriminates against white men who have perceived conservative political views that are unpopular with its executives.

Another Google employee, David Gudeman, joined Moore in the lawsuit, and I mean they're going for the throat.

The suit alleges that Google uses, quote, illegal hiring quotas to fill it's desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates, and, quote, the presence of Caucasians and males is mocked with boos during companywide weekly meetings. End quote.

Google's unhinged response to the Damore memo is the end result of progressive extremism.

When you promote diversity as the end-all, the be-all of all of your virtues, and then you fire somebody for actually being diverse, I don't know if you notice this. But you violate your own ultimate virtue. It's hypocrisy. You people should stay away from designing any kind of AI.

Now I say this, and I can say this because currently at my workplace I won't get fired for saying it.

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