Google spokesman Ty Sheppard previously told CNNMoney that the company has strong policies against workplace retaliation, harassment and discrimination. The engineer said that he was mocked and personally insulted before he was sacked last August.
Damore and another white male former Google engineer, David Gudeman, filed the lawsuit as a proposed class action in Santa Clara County Superior Court in California. Gudeman used an internal forum to question a Muslim co-worker's account of being targeted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the basis of his religion and suggested that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had legitimate reasons to investigate the co-worker. Google terminated Gudeman for his remark, saying they would not tolerate remarks linking terrorism to someone's religious background. It goes on to say that at times white men and just men were "mocked with "boos" during companywide weekly meetings". "You'll learn a lot".
"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 and/or males", the suit reads. "Defending the liberal agenda, or defending violations of California employment law, is not in any Google employee's job description", it said. He said Damore's manifesto and the response to it had created a climate were some people were afraid for their personal safety.
Attorney Harmeet Dhillon, who is a national committeewoman for the Republican National Committee, said "dozens" of current and former Google employees have reached out to her firm after learning she is representing Damore because they've suffering similar discrimination. "Well, Google perpetuates gender stereotypes about men every day".
He was sacked by Google for perpetuating gender stereotypes in August.
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In one of his more controversial observations, Damore said it was the inherent biological differences between men and women, more so than explicit discrimination that accounts for any gaps that might exist between the genders in the workplace. Engineer and former Google employee Yonatan Zunger wrote that Damore "does not appear to understand engineering".
Ms Dhillon argued on behalf of Mr Damore that it is "entirely possible for Google to hire a bunch of women and pay them less", adding that it is illegal in the state to "reserve" jobs for women and protected minorities.
"In addition to the Left's affinity for those it sees as weak, humans are generally biased towards protecting females", Damore stated.
The company is now handling another lawsuit filed by four former female employees against it for that "story" - that the company does not have enough female engineers and that there is a great pay disparity between men and women in the tech industry as a whole.