Former Google engineer James Damore, known for circulating a controversial diversity memo that led to his firing at Google in August of past year, is now suing Google for discrimination in a lawsuit that aims to represent anyone working for Google who believes they have faced discrimination at the company on account of their "perceived conservative political views", "their male gender", or "their Caucasian race".
The author of a controversial memo that sparked debates about gender and diversity at Google sued his former employer on Monday alleging that the company discriminates against politically conservative white males.
Engineer James Damore's memo, which was leaked this fall, criticized Google's "left leaning" culture and attempted to argue that women in engineering were paid less than men due to their biological differences, not because of hiring practices.
Damore is filing the suit alongside David Gudeman, another former Google employee, according to Reuters. Included in the lengthy post were comments that men and women have different interests and abilities, affecting diversity in tech jobs and pay gaps.
He also said that on average, women have more "neuroticism", as defined as "higher anxiety, lower stress tolerance". Google terminated Damore for the memo, saying it was contrary to the company's basic values and code of conduct.
The company, which called the memo "offensive" and "harmful", fired Damore, further elevating him as a victim of what his supporters called an overreaching "political correctness" and ideology rigidity within the tech industry.
Damore, who also filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, appeared to embrace his rising political visibility, posing in a t-shirt with the word "Goolag" written in a multi-coloured style that mimicked Google's familiar logo.