James Damore, the engineer that Google fired in August for writing a memo suggesting women are less interested in tech because of their biology, has filed a lawsuit against Google.
Damore’s lawyer is alleging that conservatives are discriminated against at Google and that Damore’s firing was retribution against him for his political views. The suit was filed in Santa Clara Superior Court in Northern California.
Political affiliation is a protected class in many states.
But the lawsuit is seeking class action status and wants to represent more than just this one class, Damore’s lawyer, Harmeet Dhillon, a partner with the Dhillon Law Group in San Francisco, told Business Insider. It is seeking to represent everyone who feels Google discriminated against them for being white, or for being male, or for being conservative.
“Google’s open hostility for conservative thought is paired with invidious discrimination on the basis of race and gender, barred by law. Google’s management goes to extreme — and illegal — lengths to encourage hiring managers to take protected categories such as race and/or gender into consideration as determinative hiring factors, to the detriment of Caucasian and male employees and potential employees at Google,” the lawsuit alleges.
From the James Damore filing. “Cheesy White Males” are not allowed to speak at conferences. This was approved by Google HR.
Google Employees Were Allegedly Awarded Bonuses for Arguing against Demore’s views