Engineer James Damore's memo, which was leaked this fall, criticized Google's "left leaning" culture and attempted to argue that women in engineering were paid less than men due to their biological differences, not because of hiring practices.
James Damore, the former Google engineer who was sacked after distributing a memo questioning the company's diversity policies, filed a class action lawsuit on Monday claiming racial discrimination by the technology giant.
The company uses illegal hiring quotas to achieve a certain percentage of women and minority employees, and "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", the complaint stated. The suit was filed in Santa Clara Superior Court in Northern California.
A Google spokesperson did not 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.
It also called on Google to "stop alienating conservatives" and called into question practices like "unconscious bias" training for committees that promote employees.
Outrage from within and outside the company was swift, with #GoogleManifesto trending on Twitter. The company's CEO, Sundar Pichai, told Bloomberg that Damore "violate [d] our Code of Conduct and cross [ed] the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace". Damore also argued that it was a lack of tolerance of diverse political viewpoints that needed to change.