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.
Mr. Damore and another former Google engineer, David Gudeman, filed a lawsuit Monday, which seeks class-action status, in superior court in California's Santa Clara County.
James Damore's controversial 10-page memo, posted to an internal Google message board in August, posited that women are underrepresented in tech because of "personality differences" between the sexes - not on any workplace discrimination they may experience.
Engineer James Damore's memo, which was leaked this fall, criticized Google's "left leaning" culture and attempted to argue that women in engineering were paid less than men due to their biological differences, not because of hiring practices.More news: Packers hire Gutekunst as GM
It goes on to write that Google employs "illegal hiring quote to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates, and openly shames managers of business units who fail to meet their quotas - in the process, openly denigrating male and Caucasian employees as less favored than others". They claim they were discriminated against because they are both male and Caucasian, and Google's practices favor women and minorities.
The suit claims Google maintains a blacklist of conservatives media personalities not allowed on company grounds: It allegedly includes radio host Alex Jones and conservative blogger Curtis Yarvin. Google terminated Damore for the memo, saying it was contrary to the company's basic values and code of conduct.
Neither Google nor Damore could be reached for comment by time of publication.