SAN FRANCISCO (ChurchMilitant.com) - Three men are partnering with an ex-Google employee who was ousted for political incorrectness.
Manuel Amador left the company following harassment, while Stephen McPherson and Michael Burns were both denied jobs at the media giant. All three joined James Damore's lawsuit that was filed in January.
Damore was a former Google employee who was fired after he penned an internal memo in August challenging the company's stalwart left-wing bias that a disproportionate number of male employees is owing to sexism. He suggested it was the result of the biological and cultural differences between men and women.
"Google's Left bias has created a politically-correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence," insisted Damore in his document. "This silence removes any checks against encroaching extremist and authoritarian policies."
His memo struck a nerve with his employer who later fired him after it was leaked to the press. But Damore fired back with a class action lawsuit against Google in Santa Clara Superior Court.
His attorney, Harmeet Dhillon, and her team are now defending Damore, along with Amador, McPherson and Burns in their suit against the media giant over alleged discrimination based on gender, race and ideology. She is the past vice-chairman of the California Republican party.
The amended lawsuit reads:
Google has adopted a pattern and practice of disparately and adversely treating similarly situated job applicants because of the applicants' race, sex and political affiliations and activities. Google and its management fetishize 'diversity' as measured by these protected characteristics only and mandate that the percentage of non-Caucasian/Asian, non-male and non-conservatives employed by Google increase rapidly over time.
The plaintiffs claim that as a result of pushing for "diversity," Google's hiring practices "negatively and disparately impact job applicants, including Amador, McPherson and Burns, who are, or are perceived to be, members of Google disfavored races, male and/or conservative."
Amador, McPherson and Burns are therefore less inclined to be hired by the media giant owing to the company's alleged illegal and discriminatory hiring practices.
Amador resigned from Google as a systems engineer amid pressure to apologize for a statement he never said. The lawsuit claims Google sided with an anonymous complaint that said Amador believes that people have various levels of intelligence based on their race.
He left the media giant saying, "many people including me have faced contempt, opprobrium, insults, smears, provocations, threats of industry blacklisting and even frivolous H.R. reports that influence my career (and many others), in retaliation for voicing my mind." Since then, Google has refused to rehire him.
McPherson applied to Google through its veterans placement program. He is a former U.S. Navy pilot and a Republican who worked for U.S. Representative George Nethercutt Jr. (R-WA). He claimed that despite meeting the qualifications and having a strong recommendation from a former Navy pilot who works at Google, McPherson was denied the position.
The lawsuit alleges that "Google refused to hire McPherson on the basis of his political affiliation and activities, gender and Google-disfavored race."
Similarly, Burns was also a "conservative, white male" whose application was denied after multiple interviews. He is "an accomplished copywriter, marketer, consultant and entrepreneur" who follows and shares posts and comments from conservative or libertarian groups on social media.
"In accordance with its unlawful and discriminatory patterns, practices and policies, Google refused to hire Burns on the basis of his political affiliation and activities, gender and race," said the suit. "Indeed, as discussed above, the pattern and practice of refusing to hire candidates because of these protected traits or activities is pervasive throughout Google."
Damore's memo stressed that Google's intolerant left-learning bias includes more than race and gender. It includes moral biases. "Political orientation is actually a result of deep moral preferences and thus biases," he wrote.
He offered a number of suggestions to counteract biased hiring based on gender, race and ideology, including "de-moralize diversity," "stop alienating conservatives," "confront Google's biases," "stop restricting programs and classes to certain genders or races" ... and "de-emphasize empathy" among others.