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.
On Monday, James Damore, the Google employee who was sacked for a memo in which he suggested that women were not biologically capable of working in the tech industry, filed suit against Google for discriminating against politically conservative white men.
Google did not immediately respond to request for comment.
The survey also pointed to the lack of diversity among startup business' board of directors; More than 51 per cent of startup teams were made up of mostly men, a slight increase from past year (50 per cent).
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". We've reached out to Google for comment and we'll update this post if we hear more. It is seeking class action status for three groups of people who it claims have been similarly discriminated against: Conservatives, Caucasians, and men.
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Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said when Damore was sacked that portions of his memo "violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".
Damore's lawsuit is the latest legal challenge for Google, which also faces a suit for unequal pay.
It accuses the company of failing to protect employees with conservative views, including supporting US President Donald Trump.
Damore has said that Google executives had "shamed" him for the views expressed in the memo. The suit alleges that Google's diversity efforts are unlawful, citing "illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates" as an example.
The debate comes as Google is fighting claims by the U.S. Department of Labor that it systemically discriminates against women. The data show that 56 percent of Google's workforce and 53 percent of its technical staff are white.
James Damore's class action lawsuit, filed January 8 with the Santa Clara Superior Court in California, alleges that employees who fit that description were "singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google".