The engineer fired by Google in August after he wrote a controversial memo about diversity in the workplace and the political climate at the tech giant has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination against conservative white men.
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".
Damore's original memo, which was leaked this fall, criticized Google's "left leaning" culture and argued that women in engineering were paid less than men due to their biological differences, not because of hiring practice.
Damore's fellow plaintiff in the class action is another Google employee, a former software engineer named David Gudeman.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in Santa Clara County Superior Court.
Damore previously likened being conservative at Google to "being gay in the 1950s".
Damore stated that women tend to be more interested in people rather than things, "empathizing vs. systemizing", whereas men have a higher drive for status and so tend to end up in leadership positions.
"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.
Outrage from within and outside the company was swift, with #GoogleManifesto trending on Twitter. Damore also argued that it was a lack of tolerance of diverse political viewpoints that needed to change.
The company, which called the memo "offensive" and "harmful", soon fired Damore, further elevating him as a victim of what his supporters called an overreaching "political correctness" and ideology rigidity within the tech industry.