Google’s malicious firing of James Damore for the crime of being a conservative was a huge error for them, because it would inevitably lead to a lawsuit. Not only is Google likely to have to pay Damore large sums of money for publicly smearing him and making him unemployable, they are also going to find the discovery process to be very embarrassing.
This is because Google’s staff seems to be mostly comprised of rabid social justice warriors, who aren’t looked upon fondly by the general public. Already, a great deal of embarrassing material has been leaked:
Details from diversity training sessions, accounts of alleged reverse discrimination, and screenshots of internal communications on company forums and message boards in the lawsuit cast the company culture as extremely hostile to employees with unpopular opinions, especially heterosexuals, men, white people, and those who hold conservative views.
Damore and another former Google employee, David Gudeman, allege the company discriminates against white male conservatives, and maintains illegal diversity quotas for hiring managers. Damore was fired last year after an internal memo he wrote positing that men and women have biological differences that affect their work preferences and abilities was leaked and went viral.
In screenshots laid out in the lawsuit, “Googlers” as they call themselves, talk openly of blacklisting and purging the company of employees whose views or identities are deemed outside the bounds. Employees were allowed to award those who spoke out against Damore’s memo “peer bonuses” — a company kudos of sorts monitored by the “Google Recognition Team.”
“We want to be inclusive of people not ideas” one employee identified as Alon Altman wrote in a message included in the lawsuit. Damore says that sentiment was backed up at an Inclusion and Diversity Summit he attended in June, when he was told by Google employees the company does not value “viewpoint diversity,” but actively strives for “demographic diversity.”
A few of the messages show Google employees proposing hiring practices that exclude certain groups of men, or putting women in charge of hiring for a year to ensure diversity quotas are met. One employee wrote: “Alternate proposal: moratorium on hiring white cis heterosexual abled men who aren’t abuse survivors.”
If Google is smart, it will settle with Damore, stop blacklisting him, and unravel the “social justice” culture inside the company. The problem is that when this kind of mentality enters a company, as I have argued in other posts, the company becomes less and less able to perform its primary tasks as it becomes more and more obsessed with preaching progressive politics.
I don’t expect Google to take this advice, and I think instead they will fight it in court every step of the way, because social justice warriors always double down.