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.
Former Google engineer James Damore is suing the Mountain View company for discriminating against him for his political views, after he was sacked in August for writing a controversial memo that said men were more biologically prone to careers in coding than women.
The lawsuit requested an injunction barring Google from discriminating against individuals with conservative political views, as well as for unspecified compensation.
But while he wanted more diversity of viewpoints, he wasn't so kind to diversity when it came to gender.
The lawsuit says the men were "openly threatened and subjected to harassment and retaliation" at the company, which they describe as an "ideological echo chamber". The filing says the lawsuit is also meant to represent other Google workers who have allegedly been discriminated against in a similar way to Damore and Gudeman. He is asking the court to grant class action status for his lawsuit.
Damore, who worked at Google for three years, was sacked from Google in August one week after his memo on Google's diversity policies went viral. It circulated widely inside the company and became public over the first weekend in August, causing a furor that amplified the pressure on Google executives to take a more definitive stand.
Pichai said he believes the memo crossed "the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in the workplace". Damore filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that his employer interfered with his right to engage in protected activities. Unlike government employees, who have some free speech protections, private employees in the US have little legal recourse if companies choose to retaliate for things they say at work or at home. Google has denied Damore's allegation that its hiring practices are illegal. "We look forward to defending against Mr. Damore's lawsuit in court", a Google spokesperson said in a statement. In internal discussion boards, multiple employees said they supported firing the author, and some said they would not choose to work with him, according to postings viewed by Bloomberg News.
He claims he was "chastised for attempting to stand up for Caucasian males and his conservative views" by Google's HR department. The data show that 56 percent of Google's workforce and 53 percent of its technical staff are white.
Filed today in California, the lawsuit against Google, LLC claims, "Google employs illegal hiring quotas 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".