The 161-page complaint filed Monday on behalf of James Damore and another former Google engineer depicts Google as an elitist company that shuns employees who dare to deviate from a liberal agenda embraced by its management and most of its workforce. But Damore's complaint appears to focus on how hard it is to be a white man in a primarily white and largely male-dominated field and goes after Google for discrimination against being male or Caucasian and its "open hostility for conservative thought". "We look forward to defending against Mr. Damore's lawsuit in court", a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
It says Google's employment practices are illegal, and that they employ illegal hiring quotas to fill posts with women and minorities.
It alleges that Google singles out and punish employees like Damore who expressed views that don't align with how the majority of employees at the tech firm feel about politics and diversity efforts.
Months later, Damore has now decided that it was unfair for Google to fire him for his sexist rhetoric, so he's suing them for ... discrimination against white males.
The duo say they want to represent all staff discriminated against due to their "perceived conservative political views, male gender and Caucasian race". Back in August, Google CEO Sundar Pichai addressed the controversy, which questioned the biological ability of women workers in technology, directly in a memo to employees.
Google terminated Gudeman in 2016 after he made comments suggesting a Muslim colleague had a link to terrorism. Women at Google, Uber, Twitter Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are seeking class-action status in lawsuits accusing those companies of favoring men for promotions in engineering roles.
But while he wanted more diversity of viewpoints, he wasn't so kind to diversity when it came to gender.
He claims he was "chastised for attempting to stand up for Caucasian males and his conservative views" by Google's HR department. Damore filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that his employer interfered with his right to engage in protected activities.
The case is Damore v. Google LLC, 18-cv-321529, Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County (San Jose).