- Employees at Google who express “conservative viewpoints in politically-charged debates” may find themselves blacklisted by managers at the company, an explosive new lawsuit alleges.
- And by blacklisted that means their names may appear on actual lists, the suit contends.
- Google employees who identify as conservative say they have complained to HR and senior management about the lists.
- These allegations are part of a suit filed on behalf of fired Google engineer James Damore that seeks to represent white males and conservatives who feel as if they’ve been the target of discrimination.
Via Business Insider:
A well-known Republican San Francisco lawyer has filed a lawsuit against Google seeking to represent white, male, or conservative employees who believe the company has discriminated against them.
The lawyer is Harmeet Dhillon, a partner with the Dhillon Law Group in San Francisco and the former chairwoman of the Republican Party in San Francisco.
She has been on the hunt for such victims since she took on fired Google engineer James Damore as a client in August. And on Monday she presented the first fruits of her research in a 161-page complaint that’s chock full of allegations and screenshots.
The most jaw-dropping allegation is that “Google publicly endorsed blacklists” of conservatives. The suit claims that several hiring managers publicly vowed not to hire people categorized as “hostile voices” — aka conservatives.
For instance, one manager wrote on one internal forum, “I will never, ever hire/transfer you onto my team. Ever.”
Another manager wrote in another, “I keep a written blacklist of people whom I will never allow on or near my team, based on how they view and treat their coworkers. That blacklist got a little longer today.”
The suit cites another post from another hiring manager that read: “If you express a dunderheaded opinion about religion, about politics, or about ‘social justice’, it turns out I am allowed to think you’re a halfwit … I’m perfectly within my rights to mentally categorize you in my [d—head] box … Yes, I maintain (mentally, and not (yet) publicly).”
Interestingly, the suit doesn’t show the statements that provoked such strong reactions from these managers. It characterizes them only as “tactfully expressed conservative viewpoints in politically-charged debates.”
Whether expressing antidiversity sentiments at a workplace is a protected “conservative viewpoint” or, rather, a form of bigotry that actually creates a hostile environment, is at the heart of the case — and it reflects a broader debate gripping the country under the divisive presidency of Donald Trump.