Google class action lawsuit: Corporate diversity on trial

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Googleplex campus in Mountain View, California.
Image: Noah Loverbear.
An example of the alleged workplace harassment
Image: Plaintiffs' Complaint.

On January 8, 2018, James Damore and David Gudeman entered a complaint against Google before the California Superior Court in Santa Clara County, California. The case is a class action complaint on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated. The plaintiffs' initial filing demands a jury trial.

The complaint, which was prepared by attorney Harmeet Dhillon and her partners, challenges Google's diversity policies and alleges that Google violated the California Labor Code and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), as well as public policy. Specifically, plaintiffs assert that they were discriminated against on the basis of race and/or gender, suffered workplace harassment and retaliation at the hands of managers and co-workers, and Google did nothing to stop the discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Cquote1.svg I regret that people misunderstand that we made this decision because of a political belief one way or another. Cquote2.svg

—Sundar Pichai

In an interviewed filmed by MSNBC on January 19, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that he does not regret the firing of James Damore. "I regret that people misunderstand that we made this decision because of a political belief one way or another," Pichai said. He also wished the story had not become public "in such a polarized way."

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