James Damore, the former Google engineer who was sacked for writing a memo suggesting men were better suited than women for certain tech jobs, is suing the company for allegedly discriminating against white, conservative men.
The two men are Jame Damore, a former Google programmer, and David Gudeman, a former Google engineer.
But Damore's complaint appears to focus on how hard it is to be a white man in a primarily white and largely male-dominated field and goes after Google for discrimination against being male or Caucasian and its "open hostility for conservative thought".
The suit claims Google protected employees who silenced conservatives: "Google created an environment of protecting employees who harassed individuals who spoke out against Google's view or the 'Googley way, ' as it is sometimes known internally".
The suit goes on to accuse Google of employing "illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates", and claims managers who fail to meet these quotas are openly shamed. They claim they were discriminated against because they are both male and Caucasian, and Google's practices favor women and minorities. The contents of this subgroup of additional materials include: (1) female Google employees complaining about Google's alleged culture of sexual harassment against women; (2) discussions of toxic masculinity; (3) the sharing of a post suggesting that people stop reading white, male authors for one year; and (4) a criticism of Dilbert creator Scott Adams.
Google did not immediately reply to a Law&Crime request for comment. The memo said that "genetic differences" may explain "why we don't see equal representation of women in tech and leadership".
Google chief Sundar Pichai said "portions of the memo violate our code of conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".