"This included employment and business-related topics such as "'diversity" hiring policies, "bias sensitivity" or "social justice.'" The lawsuit also alleges that Google uses illegal hiring quotas in order to fill positions with female and minority candidates.
Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc based in Mountain View, California, said in a statement: "We look forward to defending against Mr Damore's lawsuit in court". He was joined in the suit by David Gudeman, another former Google engineer.
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. Women at Google, Uber, Twitter Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are seeking class-action status in lawsuits accusing those companies of favoring men for promotions in engineering roles.
The lawsuit says the men were "openly threatened and subjected to harassment and retaliation" at the company, which they describe as an "ideological echo chamber".
The engineer fired by Google in August after he wrote a controversial memo about diversity in the workplace and the political climate at the tech giant has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination against conservative white men. Pichai said that "portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".
The duo say they want to represent all staff discriminated against due to their "perceived conservative political views, male gender and Caucasian race".
Google did not immediately reply to a Law&Crime request for comment. Unlike government employees, who have some free speech protections, private employees in the USA have little legal recourse if companies choose to retaliate for things they say at work or at home.
In the lawsuit, Mr Damore said the memo was meant to remain internal and had been written in response to a request for feedback from a diversity and inclusion summit he had attended.
The complaint, which can be read in full below, is packed full of examples of internal communications at Google showing the intense pressure that was brought to bear on conservatives at the company, as well as anyone who disagreed with the political priorities of its progressive employees.