The 161-page complaint filed Monday on behalf of James Damore and another former Google engineer depicts Google as an elitist company that shuns employees who dare to deviate from a liberal agenda embraced by its management and most of its workforce.
"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 Caucasians and/or males", the lawsuit alleged.
James Damore made worldwide headlines when it was revealed he had been sacked after sending an internal memo saying the reason there were fewer women than men in the tech industry was biological.
"Google's open hostility for conservative thought is paired with invidious discrimination on the basis of race and gender", reads Damore's lawsuit.
Damore in his memo wrote, "I hope it's clear that I'm not saying that diversity is bad, that Google or society is 100 percent fair, that we shouldn't try to correct for existing biases, or that minorities have the same experience of those in the majority". In an interview with CNBC, for example, he compared being a conservative at Google to "being gay in the 1950s".
Two former Google software engineers are suing the tech giant, claiming that it discriminates against white people, conservatives and men. The lawsuit goes on to claim the company tolerated other employees recommending conservatives be fired for their opinions.
CNBC on Monday reported a statement regarding Damore's lawsuit from a Google spokesperson, who said that the company "looks forward to defending against Mr. Damore's lawsuit in court".
This follows a pattern seen elsewhere in the document, and in the immediate aftermath of the Damore memo's leak and publication, in which disagreement with diversity drives is taken to be an offense that warrants HR intervention, possible firing, and even blacklisting.
Pichai said Damore raised some important questions about Google's diversity programs, but crossed a line when he suggested, as he paraphrased, that his female colleagues may "have traits that make them less biologically suited" to competitive positions in engineering.
Damore became a media mainstay after penning a highly controversial 3,300-word memo arguing against Google's perceived culture of political correctness.
The suit claims that Google uses "extreme" and "illegal" practices to keep these dudes down. Last month, a fourth complainant joined their suit.
All this means busy times ahead for Google's legal department, which is also fighting a resurgent discrimination lawsuit brought by ex-Googlers upset they were being stiffed on pay and promotions due to being women.