James Damore, who was sacked in August for internally circulating a manifesto that argued Google's gender pay gap was the result of genetic inferiority, said in a lawsuit filed in Santa Clara Superior Court that the search giant "singled out, mistreated, and systemically punished and terminated" employees that deviated from the company's view on diversity.
The Dhillon Law Group said it was filing a class action law suit on behalf of James Damore and others it says were discriminated against due to their "perceived conservative political views", their gender and their Caucasian race. Meanwhile, Google's HR department allegedly accused a conservative employee of "inciting violence" after he stated that he would teach traditional gender roles to his children.
James Damore wrote a controversial 10-page document a year ago blasting the company's "left leaning" culture and attributing differences in pay between men and women in tech jobs partly to biological differences between genders.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. Dhillon and her law team were out canvassing for people to join as plaintiffs against the class action suit.
A representative for Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"When it comes to diversity and inclusion, Google's left bias has created a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence", it read.
"Women, on average, have more openness directed towards feelings and aesthetics rather than ideas".
"Google's under-leveling of women not only resulted in Google paying them lower base salaries than if they had been properly leveled, but also resulted in Google paying them smaller bonuses and fewer stock units and options than if Google had placed them in the proper level", that lawsuit says, according to Associated Press. Damore also argued that it was a lack of tolerance of diverse political viewpoints that needed to change.