James Damore gained instant fame earlier this month when he was fired for "un-Googly conduct" after publishing a paper on an employee chat board suggesting that men may be better equipped biologically for engineering jobs than women. Apparently science is embraced by the Left when discussing climate change but not so much when it's used to suggest that anatomy might just be coded in a person's DNA rather than being a personal choice that each millennial can make, and change, on a whim.
But, according to a new note from Wired Magazine, Damore's firing for discussing an 'un-Googly" political position might not be just an isolated event. As Damore's attorney and prominent San Francisco Republican Harmeet Dhillon points out, several other Googlers have come forward claiming that they too were discriminated against for challenging Google’s liberal political orthodoxy.
In an interview, Damore says his firing was not “an independent or isolated event. What I was trying to complain about was the history of political discrimination at Google.” After he was fired August 7 for violating Google’s code of conduct by perpetuating gender stereotypes, Damore says other ex-Googlers told him they had been fired for similar reasons. “It’s a much stronger story and something that Google really has to respond to by actually changing their policies, rather than giving me hush money,” Damore says.
Dhillon is a prominent San Francisco Republican who was considered for a post in the Trump administration. Wednesday, her firm posted a notice on its website saying it is “investigating Google’s employment discrimination against employees on the basis of their political views.” Among other things, the notice seeks people who may have been “written up for ‘un-Googly conduct’ for refusing to comply with the political orthodoxy at the company.”
Damore says at least five others have expressed interest in pursuing legal action. Dhillon says she cannot verify that number. She says she is considering several possible grounds for a lawsuit, including penalizing people for their political beliefs, which are protected in California.
Meanwhile, in a post titled "Have You Experienced Illegal Employment Practices At Google?", Damore's attorney is actively recruiting new clients to join the legal fight against Google for the following labor law violations:
- Discriminated against at Google based on your political views;
- Been written up for “un-Googly conduct” for refusing to comply with the political orthodoxy at the company;
- Retaliated against for complaining about employment discrimination at Google;
- Defamed/slandered/smeared/blacklisted at Google for your political views, or views about affirmative action at Google; or
- Punished for blowing the whistle on illegal employment practices at Google?
Now, if Harmeet Dhillon's name sounds familiar it may be because she was the attorney who sued the University of California, Berkely after they cancelled an appearance by Ann Coulter and proceeded to absolutely obliterate reporters in the press conference below on First Amendment law.
Meanwhile, the growing threat of potential litigation from political conservatives arrives just as Google also faces claims that it has discriminated against women. The US Department of Labor is investigating whether Google pays women less than men. James Finberg, an attorney at Altshuler Berzon, says he is considering a private class-action suit making similar claims. Finberg says interviews with more than 80 current and former employees suggest women were paid less for similar work and were channeled into lower levels or non-technical jobs.
But we're sure it's all nothing...we can't imagine that Google has a political agenda to push...