The author of a controversial internal memo at Google that argued against efforts to hire more women for engineering and tech jobs without first changing the internal culture of Google to better fit innate biological gender differences is now suing the company for allegedly discriminating against "Caucasian and male employees," BuzzFeed News reports.
James Damore was fired in August over the so-called "Google memo," prompting him to claim afterwards that being conservative at Google is akin to "being gay in the 1950s." Damore and a second Google engineer are now "seeking class action status for conservative Caucasian men," BuzzFeed News writes.
The case is intended to represent employees who have been discriminated against due to their "perceived conservative political views … their male gender … [and] due to their Caucasian race," and slams Google for allegedly terminating employees that "expressed views deviating from the majority view at Google on political subjects raised in the workplace and relevant to Google's employment policies and its business, such as 'diversity' hiring policies, 'bias sensitivity,' or 'social justice,'" TechCrunch reports.
Additionally, Damore claims Google has "illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates" and that the "presence of Caucasians and males was mocked with 'boos' during company-wide weekly meetings." Read the full lawsuit via TechCrunch here.