In what’s sure to go down as a case of David versus Goliath, fired Googler James Damore has taken the next step in protecting free speech in Silicon Valley’s tech echo-chamber.
GOP firebrand Harmeet Dhillon confirmed that she’s representing Damore, as she continues to gather evidence for a class action suit for other Google employees suffering discrimination for their political beliefs.
As reported at Business Insider:
James Damore, the fired Google engineer who authored a controversial memo about diversity, has chosen lawyer and GOP official Harmeet Dhillon to represent him in his case against Google.
Dhillon [has] confirmed she is representing Damore to Business Insider. She said her firm is currently gathering facts about his case, but no lawsuit has been filed yet.
A blog post on Dhillon’s firm’s website says it is looking to represent Google employees who say they have been discriminated against for their political views. Dhillon told Business Insider that she has spoken to other Google employees with stories similar to Damore’s.
This is hardly the first scandal to hit tech firms taking action against employees espousing right-leaning values. Several years ago, Brendan Eich was outsted as Mozilla’s CEO when it was discovered he made personal donations to Prop 8, a controversial ballot measure banning same-sex marriage.
Just as there’s a “secret enclave” of conservatives in Hollywood, so, too, there’s one in Silicon Valley among the “technorati” fearing just such repercussions as those suffered by Damore.
As our own Allen West has said yesterday, firms like PayPal, Google, and Facebook have increasingly taken measures to quash speech and/or financial remuneration for groups championing conservative principles.
Though often chided as “Liberal LaLaLand,” California quashed the same-sex ballot measure not once, but twice, and — if not for populous regions such as the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles — the state would be closer to purple as this 2016 U.S. House of Representatives map illustrates:
We’ve read the book, we know how it ends for David in the Bible … Let’s hope James Damore wins the battle against his corporate Goliath.