James Damore, the former Google engineer who was sacked after distributing a memo questioning the company's diversity policies, filed a class action lawsuit on Monday claiming racial discrimination by the technology giant. Included in the lengthy post were comments that men and women have different interests and abilities, affecting diversity in tech jobs and pay gaps.
It also called on Google to "stop alienating conservatives" and called into question practices like "unconscious bias" training for committees that promote employees. Google terminated Damore for the memo, saying it was contrary to the company's basic values and code of conduct.
The suit claims Google protected employees who silenced conservatives: "Google created an environment of protecting employees who harassed individuals who spoke out against Google's view or the 'Googley way, ' as it is sometimes known internally".
Google fired Damore after he wrote a 10-page memo titled Google's Ideological Echo Chamber: How bias clouds our thinking about diversity and inclusion.More news: Theresa May reshuffles the deck, appoints new Tory chairman
It goes on to say that these dissenters were internally blacklisted due to their views. The company is 69% male and 56% white, although Google does not report how many describe themselves as "conservative". 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 suit alleges, among other things, that the "presence of Caucasians and males was mocked with "boos" during companywide weekly meetings" as well as other forms of belittlement. Categories of those screenshots include "anti-Caucasian postings" and "Googler reactions to the Damore memo".
Photo James Damore's lawsuit against Google, which fired him past year after he criticized its diversity efforts, said, "Google's open hostility for conservative thought is paired with invidious discrimination on the basis of race and gender".