James Damore، the Google senior software engineer fired over his controversial 3،300 word essay on diversity، filed a lawsuit against his former employer on Monday، as CNN said.
Damore -- along with former software engineer David Gudeman، who is a co-plaintiff -- allege that the tech firm discriminates against conservatives، white people، and men. Damore and Gudeman are seeking monetary and other damages.
The 161-page complaint، filed by the Dhillon Law Group in Santa Clara Superior Court، is on behalf of the two men. It is seeking class action status for three groups of people who it claims have been similarly discriminated against: Conservatives، Caucasians، and men.
"Damore، Gudeman، and other class members were ostracized، belittled، and punished for their heterodox political views، and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasian andor males،" the suit reads. "Google's open hostility for conservative thought is paired with invidious discrimination on the basis of race and gender."
In response to the lawsuit، Google kept it brief. "We look forward to defending against Mr. Damore's lawsuit in court،" a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
Google spokesman Ty Sheppard previously told CNNMoney that the company has strong policies against workplace retaliation، harassment and discrimination.
Damore، who worked at Google for three years، was fired from Google in August one week after his memo on Google's diversity policies went viral. Google (GOOGL) CEO Sundar Pichai condemned parts of Damore's post that he said perpetuated stereotypes about women.
Damore clarified his views in an interview with CNNMoney، noting that he was not "saying anything about the women at Google."