Google engineer James Damore, who was fired in August after claiming that the low presence of women in the technology sector was due to “biological” factors, has filed a complaint against his former employer.
According to the law firm Dhillon Law Group, which is responsible for filing the complaint in a court in Santa Clara, California, it is targeting Google for discrimination on the basis of gender and the inability to prevent harassment, discrimination and retaliation.
In an internal note of 3,000 words, James Damore stated that “the distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership”.
This note, described as “sexist” by the US media, went viral on social networks, pushing Google to fire Mr. Damore.
The complaint includes the status of a partnership complaint and calls all other “Caucasian men” who have been discriminated against by Google to make themselves known.
The complaint also mentions “Google’s declared hostility to conservative ideas associated with individual discrimination on the basis of race and gender which is prohibited by law”.
“Google’s management goes to extreme — and illegal — lengths to encourage hiring managers to take protected categories such as race and/or gender into consideration as determinative hiring factors, to the detriment of Caucasian and male employees and potential employees at Google,” the complaint continues.
In August, Google CEO Sundar Pichai defended the right of employees to express themselves, believing that most of the note could be debated.
“However, there are passages that violate our Code of Conduct and go beyond the boundaries of harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace,” he said. “To suggest that a group of our colleagues has traits that make them biologically less suitable for this work is offensive. “