Judge green-lights discovery phase of lawsuit alleging Google discrimination against conservatives

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A California Superior Court judge has ruled that Google must face a putative employment class action lawsuit that alleges harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. The suit in part accuses the company of bias in hiring decisions involving conservative job candidates.

Bias against whites and Asians, as well as conservatives and men are discriminated against according to the lawsuit filed in 2018 entitled “Damore v. Google.”

James Damore is a familiar name to those fighting the tech giants out there for their ongoing bias against conservatives. The software engineer’s famous 2017  memo that he titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” was shared widely throughout the company as well as publicly. Ultimately the 10-page “manifesto” as some in the media called it, resulted in his firing.

Damore was one of two original plaintiffs in the pending suit that bears his name, though he later exited from the suit, entering into arbitration with Google over his termination in August 2017.

Trial lawyer Harmeet K. Dhillon tweeted yesterday …

Dhillon’s firm issued a statement saying, “The class action discrimination lawsuit against Google, Inc.(Damore v. Google) initiated by James Damore and represented by The Dhillon Law Group is moving forward into the discovery phase after a superior court judge denied Google’s attempts to have the case dismissed today.”

“This ruling is a significant step forward for all California workers, and sends notice to Silicon Valley that discrimination of any kind will not escape legal scrutiny,” said lead plaintiffs’ attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon. “It is illegal in California to discriminate against an employee for his or her legally protected characteristics, and we are excited to move forward with discovery into Google’s challenged employment practices that our clients allege discriminate on the basis of political orientation, race, and gender.”

One of the hurdles ahead that remain to continue moving forward is apparently the need to prove that conservatives are a real thing … a group with common characteristics, beliefs, and needs. Google doesn’t think they are, and the judge, in this case, is not yet convinced.

“Google has disputed that conservatives are an identifiable class under the law. … the judge on the case said the court ‘indeed has doubts’ about the viability of the idea, but it is, for the time being, letting the case move ahead,” The Verge reported.


 

 

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