James Damore sues Google for firing him over his gender memo

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The engineer fired by Google in August after he wrote a controversial memo about diversity in the workplace and the political climate at the tech giant has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination against conservative white men.

The Dhillon Law Group livestreamed a press conference about the lawsuit on Facebook today.

The complaint also notes that progressive employees were allowed to openly sympathize with, and support the violent "Antifa" movement.

The suit claims white men were booed at company-wide meetings: "Not only was the numerical presence of women celebrated at Google exclusively due to their gender, but the presence of Caucasians and males was mocked with "boos" during company-wide weekly meetings".

To recap: Damore's memo caused a firestorm for implying that biology was one reason for the lack of women in tech.

James Damore, fired by Google in August after posting a memo on diversity to an internal message board, is joined in the suit by former Google engineer David Gudeman, who spent three years at the company, TechCrunch reports.

"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.

Damore's lawsuit is the latest legal challenge for Google, which also faces a suit for unequal pay. 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.

When asked if he would want to be reinstated at Google, Damore said he would welcome the chance to return and felt he could help improve the culture there. Earlier this month, four women plaintiffs as part of a revised lawsuit, alleged that the company had asked for their prior salaries and had underpaid them compared to their male counterparts.

Neither Google nor Damore could be reached for comment by time of publication.

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