Ex-Google engineer who alleged discrimination against conservative white men asks judge to dismiss lawsuit
Sunday - 10/05/2020 09:40
The high-profile discrimination dispute between Google and one of its former software engineers has quietly come to an end.
Ex-Google employee James Damore has moved to dismiss his lawsuit against the internet giant two years after alleging discrimination against conservative white men.
Damore worked as an engineer at Google before being fired in 2017 after criticizing the company's efforts to improve diversity among its workforce. He made the controversial assertions in a memo that circulated throughout the company, triggering an internal culture war.
On Thursday, Damore and three other men involved in the suit made a written request to the Santa Clara Superior Court in California to drop the charges. Google also signed the motion, which was first spotted by Bloomberg.
"This matter is dismissed in its entirety," Judge Brian Walsh wrote in the order. A lawyer for the men told Bloomberg his clients are prohibited from saying anything beyond what’s in the court filing.
While Damore's discrimination allegations have been put to rest, it's no secret that tech companies including Google, Twitter and Facebook have a diversity problem.
In 2018, Google pledged to focus its diversity efforts on its least-represented demographic: black and Hispanic women. The company has since made some modest gains, according to its 2020 Diversity Report.
In the U.S., the percentage of black hires grew from 4.8% in 2018 to 5.5% in 2019 — a 0.7% rise, though the percentage of black and Hispanic women hired remained under 3% for each demographic.