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.
In his memo, Damore had claimed that the disparity in payment of wages between men and women existed because the latter was "biologically" less capable than the former. Damore was quickly fired. Google terminated Damore for the memo, saying it was contrary to the company's basic values and code of conduct.
"Google's open hostility for conservative thought is paired with invidious discrimination on the basis of race and gender, barred by law", says the lawsuit, filed by Dhillon Law Group.
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.
James Damore was sacked as an engineer after a manifesto questioning the benefits of diversity programs was widely passed around the company.
At a news conference Monday afternoon, Damore's attorney alleged that Google encourages employees to "harass other employees into submission" and that it is "acceptable at Google to threaten violence" against employees with conservative views.
James Damore was fired from his engineering job at Google previous year after he wrote a memo that criticized the company's diversity efforts and argued that the low number of women in engineering positions was a result of biological differences.