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Fired Googler James Damore files a lawsuit claiming "hostility for conservative thought"

Fired Googler James Damore files a lawsuit claiming

Now he is suing his former employer for workplace discrimination, claiming that Google is biased against white men with conservative views.

During a press conference livestreamed on Facebook on Monday, she said employees at other big tech companies also contacted her firm. But Damore's complaint appears to focus on how hard it is to be a white man in a primarily white and largely male-dominated field and goes after Google for discrimination against being male or Caucasian and its "open hostility for conservative thought".

Google did not immediately respond to request for comment.

What else does the lawsuit claim? We've reached out to Google for comment and we'll update this post if we hear more.

Nevertheless, the incident touched off a national debate about sexism in Silicon Valley - and the liberal-leaning tech industry's tolerance for conservative workers and leaders, particularly during the presidency of Donald Trump.

What did the memo say?

Damore, who worked at Google for three years, was sacked from Google in August one week after his memo on Google's diversity policies went viral.

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The suit claims white men were booed at company-wide meetings: "Not only was the numerical presence of women celebrated at Google exclusively due to their gender, but the presence of Caucasians and males was mocked with "boos" during company-wide weekly meetings".

The memo's focus on perceived biological differences proved highly controversial.

In the lawsuit, Mr Damore said the memo was meant to remain internal and had been written in response to a request for feedback from a diversity and inclusion summit he had attended.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said Damore had violated the company's code of conduct "by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".

But Mr Damore said he had received "many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude" for speaking out. Damore and his lawyer offer a litany of other examples of bias, even suggesting Google frowns upon "traditional heterosexual monogamy". In that missive, Damore criticized Google for pushing mentoring and diversity programs and for "alienating conservatives".

The suit alleges Google is aware of the situation but has not moved to fix it.