A lawsuit filled recently by ex-Google employee James Damore has blown the lid off the a story that the tech giant wishes would just go away. The former Google engineer was fired after criticizing the company’s diversity policies and filed a class action lawsuit against Google on Tuesday.
The lawsuit describes a corporate culture where conservative views are discouraged and retaliation against employees speaking out is commonplace.
Mr. Damore was fired in August of 2017 for disseminating a memo that criticized the “Googley way” ideology that prevails among most Google employees and managers. The document garnered significant press coverage in the national media.
“Portions of the memo violate our code of conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a company-wide email that coincided with Damore’s termination.
“We look forward to defending against Mr. Damore’s lawsuit in court,” the company told Fox News on Tuesday.
Check it out, per Daily Caller:
Other conservative Google employees joined Damore’s lawsuit. They are represented by Harmeet Dhillon, an employment discrimination and civil rights lawyer. Dhillon was interviewed for a senior post in the U.S. Department of Justice in the early days of the Trump administration.
The complaint opens with an animated description of company culture, alleging that Google is an “ideological echo chamber” impatiently hostile to conservative views. It reads:
“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. When Plaintiffs challenged Google’s illegal employment practices, they were openly threatened and subjected to harassment and retaliation from Google. Google created an environment of protecting employees who harassed individuals who spoke out against Google’s view or the ‘Googley way,’ as it is sometimes known internally. Google employees knew they could harass Plaintiffs with impunity, given the tone set by managers — and they did so.”
And that’s not all, either…
Google’s new fact-checkers are almost exclusively devoted to policing conservative media outlets. Liberal outlets received no such policing from Google, which has previously been accused of censoring content that reported positively on President Trump.
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have all exhibited the same pattern of discrimination against conservatives and the Trump administration. Facebook regularly buries conservative content from its trending topics section, several former employees told Gizmodo.
This is obviously a concerted effort at multiple levels within the Google organization to stifle conservative viewpoints and derail President Trump’s agenda.
Does it surprise you that Google is leading the way
What should be done about this?