Memo author James Damore was joined by David Gudeman, another former Google engineer, to file their lawsuit Monday on behalf of all former and current employees, and the document includes several tweets, emails and memos from coworkers who allegedly disparaged the plaintiffs for their right-leaning politics, "white privilege" and their gender.
The memo highlights some of the reasons, aside from bias, why there may be a disparity between the amount of men and women working in the tech field and non-discriminatory solutions to fixing the gap. Damore was quickly fired.
In August, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a memo to employees that the tech firm fired Damore because he violated the company's code of conduct, which states that Googlers should "do their utmost to create a workplace culture that is free of harassment, intimidation, bias and unlawful discrimination".
Damore's original memo, which was leaked this fall, criticized Google's "left leaning" culture and argued that women in engineering were paid less than men due to their biological differences, not because of hiring practice.
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In an emailed comment, Joshua Levy, a lawyer for Fusion GPS, suggested that the senators' letter was an effort to undermine the special counsel's investigation.
At a news conference Monday afternoon, Damore's attorney alleged that Google encourages employees to "harass other employees into submission" and that it is "acceptable at Google to threaten violence" against employees with conservative views.
"This lawsuit is really meant to help everyone, both at Google, and people affected by Google's products, and potential future employees", he said.
James Damore was fired from his engineering job at Google past year after he wrote a memo that criticized the company's diversity efforts and argued that the low number of women in engineering positions was a result of biological differences.