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.
Damore, who garnered national attention after releasing a memo that questioned whether Google's hiring practices geared toward bringing more women into its workforce was practicable, was joined in the lawsuit by former Google employee David Gudeman.
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.
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.More news: United Kingdom government urged to introduce 25p latte levy on disposable coffee cups
Not only was the numerical presence of women celebrated at Google exclusively due to their gender, but the presence of Caucasians and males was mocked with "boos" during company-wide weekly meetings.
Damore's suit, which comes from the opposite end of the spectrum, was expected, given his very public hiring of Dhillon, in August.
Damore and Dhillon are expected to have a press conference at 12 p.m.in San Francisco.
In a new lawsuit, Damore claimed that Google "singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated" anyone who didn't share their liberal views.