James Damore — the former senior engineer for Google who was fired after writing and sharing a 10-page memo criticizing workplace policies — recently said he can’t get a job elsewhere because of the tech giant’s enormous influence in the industry.
“The problem is that Google is just so big and they acquire so many different companies,” Damore, who expressed skepticism of Google’s internal diversity initiatives in his memo, said in an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Say I join a startup, they don’t want to get on the wrong side of Google and never be considered for acquisition by Google. And all of these [companies], like Facebook, they also don’t want to go on the wrong side of them.”
Damore was asked if Google is “essentially the Godfather of Silicon Valley, or ‘The Don.'”
“Yeah, I would say that. Sure,” Damore responded with a chuckle and a smile.
Damore, who is suing the company for wrongful termination and discrimination, also said that there were many Google employees who were using their workplace authority and capabilities for ideological means. (RELATED: Disabled Transgender Sues Google For Discrimination, Adding To Litany Of Company Lawsuits)
“I definitely saw some activity where people were very adamant and saying, ‘Oh yes, everyone is a white supremacist,’ and ‘we need to resist Trump,’ and ‘use Google’s power to do that,'” said Damore.
“So you’re saying within Google, there were employees saying ‘we have to use the powers and services that Google offers to squash Donald Trump support and promotions relating to him?” TheDCNF interviewer asked in a follow-up. (RELATED: Google-Funded Think Tank Fires Analyst For Criticizing Google, Says Report)
“Yeah,” Damore responded, “there definitely were some people who had an axe to grind.”
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