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Former Google engineer's lawsuit 'surprising,' says Toronto lawyer

Former Google engineer's lawsuit 'surprising,' says Toronto lawyer

The lawsuit is being filed by Dhillon Law Group, and former Google engineer David Gudeman is also a member of the suit.

The Dhillon Law Group said it was filing a class action law suit on behalf of James Damore and others it says were discriminated against due to their "perceived conservative political views", their gender and their Caucasian race.

Google did not immediately return a request for comment.

But while he wanted more diversity of viewpoints, he wasn't so kind to diversity when it came to gender. The lawsuit alleges workplace discrimination and retaliation. In doing so, Damore also painted gross generalizations against women, accusing them of being more neurotic and anxiety-ridden, and he believes these supposed traits render women unsuitable for the stress of higher-level tech jobs. He is asking the court to grant class action status for his lawsuit.

In August, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a memo to employees that the tech firm fired Damore because he violated the company's code of conduct, which states that Googlers should "do their utmost to create a workplace culture that is free of harassment, intimidation, bias and unlawful discrimination". Damore filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that his employer interfered with his right to engage in protected activities.

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The author of an explosive new book that questions President Donald Trump's fitness for office on Monday contradicted Steve Bannon's explanation of comments that had angered his former boss. Google has denied Damore's allegation that its hiring practices are illegal. "Within his lawsuit, Damore further insists that the company "[shames] Google business units for failing to achieve numerical gender parity", and his attorneys characterize him as "surprised" by Google's reaction to his manifesto.

"We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company", Brown said in the statement.

He claims he was "chastised for attempting to stand up for Caucasian males and his conservative views" by Google's HR department. Specifically, he said, the gender pay gap "doesn't necessarily imply sexism".

The suit claims Google maintains a blacklist of conservatives media personalities not allowed on company grounds: It allegedly includes radio host Alex Jones and conservative blogger Curtis Yarvin.

James Damore's class action lawsuit, filed January 8 with the Santa Clara Superior Court in California, alleges that employees who fit that description were "singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google".