James Damore, a former Google engineer who was sacked after he wrote a controversial memo claiming that biological differences between men and women might explain why there's a gender gap in tech, is alleging in a lawsuit that the tech firm discriminates against men, conservatives and white people. He's not alone in this claim as another ex-employee from Google, David Gudeman, has lent his support to Damore's cause.
The lawsuit, which was filed in the Santa Clara Superior Court on Monday, alleges that Google "discriminated against employees for their perceived conservative political views", as well as due to their "male gender", and "Caucasian race", and "systematically punished" them.
The suit alleges that Google's diversity efforts are unlawful, citing "illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates" as an example. The lawsuit follows a complaint that Damore filed with the National Labor Relations Board in August on the basis that Google was "misrepresenting and shaming me in order to silence my complaints".
He said he felt his suit would "really help make Google a truly inclusive place". The memo said that "genetic differences" may explain "why we don't see equal representation of women in tech and leadership". The company is 69% male and 56% white, although Google does not report how many describe themselves as "conservative". The company's CEO, Sundar Pichai, told Bloomberg that Damore "violate [d] our Code of Conduct and cross [ed] the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".
Damore was sacked in August of 2017 after he penning a memo to a Google message board titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber".