James Damore, the former Google engineer who was sacked for writing a controversial internal memo questioning the company's diversity policies has sued the company for allegedly discriminating against conservative white males.
The lawsuit, which seeks monetary, non-monetary and punitive remedies, claims: "Google's open hostility for conservative thought is paired with invidious discrimination on the basis of race and gender, barred by law".
The company uses illegal hiring quotas to achieve a certain percentage of women and minority employees, and "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", the complaint stated.
The suit is being handled by the Dhillon Law Group, which said it was representing people who were discriminated against due to their "perceived conservative political views", as well as being male and Caucasian.
'Damore, Gudeman, and other class members were ostracized, belittled, and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasians and/or males, ' he lawsuit said.
Damore, 28, says he submitted early versions of his memo to Google's human resources department without being reprimanded.
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For its part, Google seemed unperturbed, and merely said in a statement: "We look forward to defending against Mr. Damore's lawsuit in court".
If there's one thing you could give ex-Google engineer James Damore credit for, it's his tenuous (and by tenuous, I mean non-existent) grasp of reality.
After he was sacked, he became a cult hero of the political right.
According to the lawsuit, the company has failed to protect employees, especially white men, from workplace harassment related to their support of US President Donald Trump or conservative political views. Joining him in the suit is fellow ex-employee, David Gudeman, who alleges he too was wrongfully terminated in December of 2016.
The suit includes allegations from other unnamed current and former employees.
"They had this vague gestalt response saying he 'perpetuated gender stereotypes, ' " Dhillon, who is a Republican Party official, said.
"There's a Lord of the Flies mentality there where a person can be singled out, shamed, and fired", said Dhillon. "Google has engaged in some shocking activities in my opinion. There's a Lord of the Flies mentality".