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Former Google engineer sues company after being fired for circulating stereotype memo

The former Google engineer fired in August after he wrote a memo that the company said perpetuated gender stereotypes has sued his former employer, saying he was the victim of workplace discrimination and retaliation.

Chief executive Sundar Pichai fired James Damore for violating code of conduct last August

Former Google engineer James Damore filed a lawsuit against Google on Monday after he was fired for circulating an internal memo that cited 'biological causes' as the reason behind gender inequality in the technology industry. (Virginia Mayo/Associated Press)

The former Google engineer fired in August after he wrote a memo that the company said perpetuated gender stereotypes sued his former employer on Monday, saying he was the victim of workplace discrimination and retaliation.

James Damore and another former Google engineer, David Gudeman, filed the lawsuit as a proposed class action in Santa Clara County Superior Court in California.

Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, the company has failed to protect employees from workplace harassment related to their support of U.S. President Donald Trump or conservative political views.

Damore caused an uproar in Silicon Valley last year when he wrote an internal memo, which later became public, asserting that "biological causes" are behind gender inequality in the tech industry.

Google chief executive officer Sundar Pichai said when Damore was fired that portions of the memo "violate our code of conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace."

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