One of the most powerful companies in the world is being accused of taking liberal political correctness to an alarming, dangerous, and possibly illegal new level.
Google, the search-engine giant with its fingers in everything from commerce to transportation, is the target of a new lawsuit claiming the company is hostile to conservative white men.
The suit was filed by James Damore, who achieved viral fame – or perhaps infamy – over the summer when he was outed as the author of a memo slamming the company’s diversity efforts.
He was eventually fired over the memo, but in the lawsuit filed in Santa Clara Superior Court in Northern California claims he was first targeted for harassment at work.
This might sound like sour grapes from a former worker.
But Damore isn’t alone.
He’s joined in his lawsuit by David Gudeman, a former Google engineer who says he also suffered discrimination for not kowtowing to PC culture.
“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 claims. “This is the essence of discrimination.”
The court filing accuses the company of going “to extreme — and illegal — lengths to encourage hiring managers to take protected categories such as race and/or gender into consideration as determinative hiring factors, to the detriment of Caucasian and male employees and potential employees.”
In fact, while the company claims to pride itself on diversity, the lawsuit says that workers there took pride in making it hostile for white conservatives.
Here are some of the more outrageous claims in the court filing:
- BLACKLISTS: The filing claims the company keeps blacklists of conservatives, calling them “hostile voices.” One even proposed a company-wide list of “people who make diversity difficult” aimed at conservatives.
- DON’T HIRE WHITE MEN: One internal message listed in the lawsuit states an outrageous “alternative proposal” for hiring, a “moratorium on hiring white cis heterosexual abled men who aren’t abuse survivors.”
- GROUPTHINK: Company workers are expected to abide by the “Googley way,” code for what the lawsuit claims is just an “ideological echo chamber, a protected, distorted bubble of groupthink.” Those who don’t follow the “Googley way” end up paying the price. “Google employees knew they could harass Plaintiffs with impunity, given the tone set by managers,” the filing states. “And they did so.”
- HARASSMENT BONUS: One example of that harassment: Google has a “Recognition Team” that lets employees give peer bonuses to fellow employees. While these bonuses were “typically reserved for outstanding work performance or for going above and beyond an employee’s job duties,” the lawsuit claims one was given to an employee just for arguing against Damore’s politics.
- ANTI-TRUMP: Given all that, it should come as no surprise that supporting President Donald Trump is a major sin at Google. “You can’t support Donald Trump without also supporting his racism, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia,” one Google employee wrote in the company’s internal messages, according to the lawsuit. “Or even worse, if you vote for Donald Trump because of his economic policy or because you feel the other party is corrupt, then what you’re saying is that economics is more important than the safety of your peers. This is where my tolerance ends: with intolerance.”
It’s apparently not getting much better.
Damore told Fox News that Google still engages in “harassment and career sabotage of anyone that expresses a conservative viewpoint, and there’s constant shaming and attacks against white men within Silicon Valley.”
So he’s suing, but his attorney says it’s not about collecting a settlement from the company’s deep coffers.
“This is not about money,” Harmeet Dhillon, the Republican National Committee’s committeewoman for California who is representing the pair, told USA Today. “This is about changing the behavior and the attitudes in Silicon Valley.”
Given its location in the heart of the leftist San Francisco Bay Area, good luck with that.
— The Horn editorial team