Harmeet Dhillon, the attorney representing ousted Google engineer James Damore, said that she is soliciting information from other Google employees subject to discrimination because of their political views, raising the prospect that she is preparing a class action lawsuit against the tech giant.
Google fired Damore in early August after he circulated a memo characterizing the company’s diversity initiatives as an “ideological echo chamber.” He elsewhere compared being a conservative at Google to being homosexual during the 1950s. He was dismissed for violating the company’s code of conduct, because his memo “advanced harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”
Dhillon told WMAL’s Morning’s on the Mall that she is soliciting information from current of former Google who believe they were punished for advancing particular political or social views.
“We’re seeking additional information from people who suffered the same thing,” she told WMAL host Vince Coglianese.
“We got an avalanche of press coverage about it, but we also got numerous people who work at Google currently or recently left Google who have shared stories that are consistent with James’ story.
So it’s become very interesting.”
“There’s a dozen plus stories I’ve learned about in the last 24 hours,” she added.
She declined to expressly confirm that she hopes to bring a class action against the company, but stressed the threat posed by tech giants who embrace certain political orthodoxies.
“I’m devoting substantial time and resources to this because I think that it is very important — not just for one specific client but because this is a problem that is not limited to Google,” she said.
“It’s a problem that infects other Silicon Valley companies that have a virtual monopoly on power in their markets. And as a result of that I think they feel like they can act with impunity with regard to their employees and imposing political views on people.”
“That’s not American,” she added.
Dhillon was among the candidates President Trump considered to lead the Department of Justice’s civil rights division. She spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.