Jones isn’t welcome at Google’s headquarters, according to a new
Google engineer James Damore filed a class
action lawsuitagainst the tech giant on Monday, saying the
company discriminates against white male conservatives. That
discrimination, according to the legal filing, impacts both employees
and prominent right-wing voices that might visit Google.
a subsection titled, “Google Maintains Secret Blacklists of
Conservative Authors,” the lawsuit says conservative blogger Curtis
Yarvin set off a “silent alarm” when he visited an employee at
Google’s Silicon Valley office in 2016. (The lawsuit includes an
internal email telling security to “please follow protocols based on
the prescribed actions of this type of guest.”) The lawsuit says
Infowars founder Alex Jones — known for widely disputed opinions like
that the Sept. 11 terror attacks were an “inside job” — and alt-right
scribe Theodore Beale, aka Vox Day, are on the blacklist.
Employee James Damore Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Tech Giant
Sept. 2016, an employee asked Google’s Human Resources department if
the writers could be stricken from the no-access group, according to
the lawsuit. “HR refused to help with the request, and instead,
reconfigured the internal system so that it was no longer possible to
see who was on the blacklist,” said the lawsuit.
look forward to defending against Mr. Damore’s lawsuit in court,”
a Google spokesperson told TheWrap.
suit says that right-wing personalities are subject to McCarthy-era
tactics. In it, he says the “presence of Caucasians and males was
mocked with ‘boos’ during companywide weekly meetings,” while female
workers were celebrated “solely due to their gender.”
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was fired by the company in August after an internal memo of his,
calling Google an “ideological echo chamber,” was widely circulated.
In the memo, Damore argued the chasm between male and female engineers
was due to women being biologically less inclined, on average, to
pursue tech jobs than men.
in distributions of traits between men and women may in part explain
why we don’t have 50 percent representation of women in tech and
leadership,” said Damore in his memo.
August, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said Damore peddled
“harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace,” and was fired for
violating the company’s code of conduct.
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lawsuit, filed by Dhillon Law Group, says the filing is on behalf
of any Google employees who feels they’ve been targeted for their
“perceived conservative political views by Google,” as well as “their
male gender.” Damore says in the document that after his memo went
public, he was subjected to “multiple threats and insults from
coworkers.” He also says his peers were given bonuses for touting
political views in-line with Google’s.
can check out the full 161-page lawsuit here (the
Alex Jones reference is on page 37).