On January 8, 2018, Dhillon Law Group filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of James Damore and others similarly situated against Google for its discriminatory employment practices.
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Dhillon Law Group Press Conference on Google Lawsuit
According to James Damore:
We are the men and women plaintiffs (named and anonymous) in the Google lawsuit alleging workplace bias against women and men with views perceived as conservative; men; and Caucasian/Asian people who work at Google, worked at Google, or applied to work at Google but were not hired because of Google’s unlawful employment practices. Some of us were fired for our views or other protected characteristics. Some of us have been bullied, silenced, shamed, humiliated, and retaliated against for raising issues about Google’s quotas, blacklists, and discrimination against those who challenge its workplace practices. Google is the most powerful corporation in the world, worth over $700 billion and with an ability to affect every aspect of our lives. To fight against Google’s misconduct, and to protect the rights of all Google employees/applicants, we need the support of people like you at any dollar level to make sure that we get our day in court, and have the resources we need to win this fight. These funds are not for the plaintiffs’ personal expenses or use but for the legal case only. Please help — and share!
Read James Damore’s Full Google Memo
Similar Claims and Complaints Filed Against Google
Ars Technica – Ex-Google engineer: “I was fired for being too liberal”
Vanity Fair – Google Has Become Ground Zero For The Culture Wars
Source: Google Secretly Lobbied NLRB Over James Damore
Damore’s attorney in the lawsuit, Harmeet Dhillon commented, “the NLRB normally is supposed to handle a firing case quickly, within weeks, not months, because the NLRB’s mandate is to get redress for the employee quickly if possible, including rehiring and back pay.”
Google and NLRB Relationship
According to Dhillon:
James filed a case with the NLRB the day he was fired from Google. It happened before he got counsel. The National Labor Act, which is implemented by the Board, protects workers’ rights under unacceptable working conditions — the memo that James wrote falls under that protected category.
So,we got geared up for a lawsuit. The National Labor Relations Board has a number of regional offices and they decided that James had a case. Now, when somebody’s fired, they’re supposed to act quickly within weeks to have a hearing and get them returned to their job. While we were waiting, we realized something’s wrong. It turns out Google lobbied the Washington office of the NLRB.
President Trump appointed the Deputy General Counsel. Obama holdovers at the NLRB decided to overrule.
We withdrew the NLRB charge when we realized they’re going to sit on it and not take it seriously. We filed a lawsuit in state court. We’re waiting for our first day in court, which will be in May.
Google is big, but you still have to follow the law.
Damore on Silicon Valley Groupthink
According to Damore:
Silicon Valley started as sort of libertarian, open to many ideas. Now, there is a group think. We see many people leaving Silicon Valley because of this. I’ve talked to a few [Google employees and] it seems like it’s gotten even worse – they have doubled down on some of this diversity rhetoric and people are even more afraid now to speak up. Surveys show that about 80% of conservatives now don’t want to talk about anything at work. People are definitely afraid of Google. It’s the most powerful company in the world. But, I think that they are really seeing the push back from conservatives and free thinkers alike.
Dhillon, Damore on NLRB’s Ruling on Google
According to Dhillon:
The National Labor Relations Act has a limited scope. What is covered there was a concept called Protected Concerted Activity. In our lawsuit we talk about equal employment norms not covered by the National Labor Relations Act. Longstanding precedent in the National Labor Relations Act is that conduct like James’ was protected. At a regional level in San Francisco area, the National Labor Relations Board decided to who have forward with James’s case. We had one lawyer in the National Labor Relations Board who wrote this memo, it is an advice memo, not a ruling, there was no evidence taken, there was in hearing, nobody was sworn. It’s interesting they released the thing month after they wrote it. It was odd and gratuitous for them to do that. James doesn’t have a case in front of the National Labor Relations Board anymore. We withdrew that charge and focused on the class action lawsuit. Google didn’t lobby them to restrict worker rights.
Damore Discusses Lawsuit, Comments from Google
According to Damore: You can’t really trust the company’s public response especially when they’re being sued. Do I think they regret firing me? Of course. Most Google employees and Americans, when they were polled, disagreed with the firing and it really exposed the internal toxic political culture at Google.
#JoinJames #JoinUs In The Fight For Equality
Harmeet Dhillon’s Deep History Defending Conservative Views
To understand lawyer Harmeet Dhillon’s passion for the controversial case of James Damore, who is suing Google for allegedly discriminating against him as a conservative white man, it’s helpful to look back — way back.
“What I learned from [working as editor in chief of the Dartmouth Review at Dartmouth College] is that lawyers can play a very important role in safeguarding our civil rights in our country,” said Dhillon. “That really left an impression on me.”
“Journalists didn’t take sides, and I wanted to take a side,” Dhillon said. “I felt like I could accomplish more in terms of an impact on people around me, on things that I cared about, as a lawyer.”
Google Lawsuit Discussion by Steve Hilton on Fox News (1/15/2017)
#JoinJames In The Fight For Equality
Dhillon, Damore Interview on Fox America’s Newsroom (1/12/2017)
Dhillon, Damore Interview with S.E. Cupp on “Unfiltered” (1/10/2017)
Harmeet Dhillon Interview with Tucker Carlson (1/9/2017)
Harmeet Dhillon Interview with Charles Payne (1/9/2017)
Harmeet Dhillon Interview with Stuart Varney on Fox News (1/9/2017)
Google Lawsuit Interview with Charles Payne (1/8/2017)
Read more about Google, Damore, and our lawsuit below:
Wall Street Journal: Two Suits Catch Google in Middle of Gender Debate
Fortune Magazine: James Damore Sues Google for Discrimination Against White Men
Financial Times: Google accused of discriminating against white male conservatives
The Australian: Diversity rebel James Damore sues Google
International Business Times: Who Is James Damore? Fired Google Engineer Sues For Discrimination Against Conservative White Men
Silicon Valley Business Journals: Fired Google engineer James Damore sues company, alleging harassment and retaliation