From the class action lawsuit filed today by James Damore, who was fired by Google last year after Youtube CEO Susan Wojcicki, former sister-in-law of Sergey Brin and sister of 23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki, spoke power to truth:
3.Throughout the Class Periods, and in violation of California law, Google employees who expressed views deviating from the majority view at Google on political subjects raised in the workplace and relevant to Google’s employment policies and its business, such as “diversity”hiring policies,“bias sensitivity,” or “social justice,”were/are singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google, in violation of their legal rights.Sounds like a Hostile Work Environment, right?
4.Google’s open hostility for conservative thought is paired with invidious discrimination on the basis of race and gender, barred by law. Google’s management goes to extreme and illegal—lengths to encourage hiring managers to take protected categories such as race and/or gender into consideration as determinative hiring factors,to the detriment of Caucasian and malee mployees and potential employee sat Google.
5. Damore, Gudeman, and other class members were ostracized, belittled, and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasians and/or males. This is the essence of discrimination—Google formed opinions about and then treated Plaintiffs not based on their individual merits, but rather on their membership in groups with assumed characteristics.
6.Google employees and managers strongly preferred to hear the same orthodox opinions regurgitated repeatedly, producing an ideological echo chamber, a protected, distorted bubble of groupthink.When Plaintiffs challenged Google’s illegal employment practices, they were openly threatened and subjected to harassment and retaliation from Google. Google created an environment of protecting employees who harassed individuals who spoke out against Google’s view or the “Googley way,”as it is sometimes known internally.Google employees knew they could harass Plaintiffs with impunity, given the tone set by managers and they did so.
7.Google employs illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates, and openly shames managers of business units who fail to meet their quotas—in the process, openly denigrating male and Caucasian employees as less favored than others.
8.Not only was the numerical presence of women celebrated at Google solely due to their gender, but the presence of Caucasians and males was mocked with “boos”during company-wide weekly meetings. This unacceptable behavior occurred at the hands of high-level managers at Google who were responsible for hundreds, if not thousands,of hiring and firing decisions during the Class Periods.
Obviously, Google isn’t actually going to stop hiring Asian and white male engineers and replace them with black and Hispanic women. Management has the world’s second highest market capitalization to protect. But Google executives like Susan Wojcicki don’t like being blamed for doing what they do to maximize stockholder wealth when instead they can demonize junior white and Asian male employees like James Damore as The Real Problem with why Google’s hiring doesn’t reflect The Narrative.
Keep in mind that Susan Wojcicki had Damore fired for defending Google’s actual hiring behavior.
By the way, Maureen Dowd followed up my column on the interesting paradoxes posed by the Wojcicki Sisters with a lengthy interview with Anne Wojcicki of 23andMe that skipped all the controversial stuff, but is still full of human interest, like why she and fellow biochemical pioneer, retired baseball slugger Alex Rodriguez, are no longer an item.