Fired Googler James Damore files a lawsuit claiming "hostility for conservative thought"

Illustration by Alex Castro  The Verge

Illustration by Alex Castro The Verge

James Damore, the infamous author of the anti-diversity memo that got him fired from Google, is now filing a class-action lawsuit against the company for its discriminatory behavior against white males with conservative political leanings.

Damore's original memo, which was leaked this fall, criticized Google's "left leaning" culture and argued that women in engineering were paid less than men due to their biological differences, not because of hiring practice.

The suit, filed in Santa Clara, California, alleged discrimination by Google against men, people of the "Caucasian race", and people with perceived conservative political views.

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"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 and potential employees at Google", it says. The lawsuit follows a complaint that Damore filed with the National Labor Relations Board in August on the basis that Google was "misrepresenting and shaming me in order to silence my complaints".

"When plaintiffs challenged Google's illegal employment practices, they were openly threatened and subjected to harassment and retaliation from Google".

The lawsuit seeks to represent all employees of Google who've been discriminated against and seeks monetary, non-monetary, and punitive damages.

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He said he felt his suit would "really help make Google a truly inclusive place".

Google did not immediately return a request for comment. Google terminated Damore for the memo, saying it was contrary to the company's basic values and code of conduct.

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