James Damore, the Google engineer who was fired after his internal memo criticized the company's diversity efforts went viral, has filed a class action lawsuit against the company.
The lawsuit, which was filed in the Santa Clara Superior Court on Monday, alleges that Google "discriminated against employees for their perceived conservative political views," as well as for their "male gender". "and" Caucasian race "and then" systematically punished "" David Gudeman, another former Google employee who was fired in December 2016, also appears as a plaintiff. The lawsuit alleges that he was fired for his comments about a co-worker's thread about being an FBI target because of his religion.  59004] The lawsuit seeks to represent all Google employees who have been discriminated against as men, Caucasians or conservatives and seek monetary, non-monetary and punitive damages.
"Google employees who expressed opinions that diverged from the majority opinion of Google on political issues raised in the workplace and relevant to the employment policies of Google and its businesses, such as hiring policies of & # 39; diversity & # 39 ;, & # 39; biased sensitivity & # 39; or & # 39; o & # 39; social justice & # 39; "were / are pointed out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google, in violation of their legal rights," notes the lawsuit
The lawsuit also alleges that Google is "open hostility to conservative thinking," that Damore and others were "marginalized, belittled and punished" for their views, that the company is an "ideological echo chamber" which uses "illegal hiring fees" at the expense of white men.
The lawsuit comes after Damore spent several months since his dismissal talking to the press about discrimination and how Google "betrayed" him. , including a conversation in which he compared being conservative in Google with "being gay in the 1950s".
Meanwhile, Google also faces a class action lawsuit for gender wage discrimination.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comments.
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