(Web Desk) – A lawsuit has been filed against tech giant Google by two former engineers accusing the company for discriminating against conservative white men.
According to BBC, the former staff stated that the lawsuit against Google is not only representation of them but they also want to represent all the staff which feels discriminated due to their “perceived conservative political views, male gender and Caucasian race”.
The former engineer James Damore, who was fired last year over a controversial memo circulated among the office staff, is behind the suit.
The memo written by Damore argued that due to biological differences between men and women, few women were in top jobs at the firm.
Besides Damore, David Gudeman another former engineer at the firm filed the suit at Santa Clara Superior Court in California.
A spokesperson for Google said they “look forward to defending against Mr Damore s lawsuit in court.”
In a separate case, three former female Google employees filed a suit alleging it pays women less than men do for comparable work. The suit was dismissed, but has been refilled in an amended form.
Google is also under investigation by the US Department of Labour over whether its pay practices fall foul of equal pay laws.
Damore and Gudeman’s filed suit against Google claiming that the company employs illegal hiring quotas to fill posts with women and minorities.
They further accused the company of failing to protect employees with conservative views and those who support US President Donald Trump.
Their lawsuit says the men were “openly threatened and subjected to harassment and retaliation” at the company, which they describe as an “ideological echo chamber”.
Furthermore, the suit says Google “openly shames” people at managerial level who fail to meet goals, even booing them at meetings.
After Damore’s internal memo made it in news caused fierce debate about free speech in the workplace and diversity in Silicon Valley. The memo’s main focus was on perceived biological differences between men and women proved highly controversial.
In the lawsuit, Damore defended his memo and stated that it was intended to remain internal and had been written in response to a request for feedback from a diversity and inclusion summit he attended.
After Danire was dismissed from his job, in a statement Google’s CEO Sunda Pichai said that the memo violated the company’s code of conduct and crossed “the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace”.