James Damore is suing Google for discriminating against white males


“Class certification only occurs in a small percentage of the cases that are originally filed as class actions in California state court,” according to a 2010 state court report (pdf). Of the 22% of class actions in which the class is certified, 16% get the certification status upon settlement, meaning very few of these case are actually litigated.

Damore’s claims echo those of conservatives from the White House down. The filing says that “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.” Challenges to the groupthink, argues Damore, led to threats, “harassment and retaliation from Google.”

Damore ignited a national firestorm last year after writing a controversial 10-page manifesto entitled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” (pdf). In it, he cites scientific papers to draw questionable conclusions about tech’s gender gap, claiming it’s partially caused by innate biological differences between men and women. He accused Google of favoring women and minorities through its hiring practices.

The company, in denying the allegations, fired Damore for on Aug. 7 for advancing “harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace,” according to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, although the CEO acknowledged “much of what was in that memo is fair to debate, regardless of whether a vast majority of Googlers disagree with it.”

Whatever happens to this case, and whether or not a class will be certified, it’s certain that debate will continue and keep dividing men and women on the left and right.

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