An ex-Google employee, fired after his internal memo arguing against the company's diversity efforts drew widespread criticism, has filed a proposed class action lawsuit against the company, NBC News reported. The other plaintiff is David Gudeman, another former Google who worked at the company until December 2016.
A class-action suit filed Monday in Santa Clara Superior Court in California alleges that 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".
Damore was sacked days after his controversial memo was leaked, spurring a fierce debate across Silicon Valley and more widely on whether or not Google's response to fire Damore was right course of action.
This newspaper reached out to Google and this post will be updated.
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But while he wanted more diversity of viewpoints, he wasn't so kind to diversity when it came to gender.
"Google employs illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates, and openly shames managers of business units who fail to meet their quotas - in the process, openly denigrating male and Caucasian employees as less favored than others."
The complaint seeks monetary damages as well as an injunction against conservative discrimination on the part of Google.
Months later, Damore has now decided that it was unfair for Google to fire him for his sexist rhetoric, so he's suing them for ... discrimination against white males.