James Damore, the fired Google engineer who authored a controversial memo about diversity, has chosen lawyer and GOP official Harmeet Dhillon to represent him in his case against Google.
Dhillon’s confirmed she is representing Damore to Business Insider. She said her firm is currently gathering facts about his case, but no lawsuit has been filed yet.
A blog post on Dhillon’s firm’s website says it is looking to represent Google employees who say they have been discriminated against for their political views. Dhillon told Business Insider that she has spoken to other Google employees with stories similar to Damore’s.
A national committeewoman for the California Republican party, Dhilon was in the national spotlight when she delivered a Sikh prayer during the 2016 Republican National Convention. She also served as the vice chair of the California Republican party. Her name was also floated as a possible candidate to serve as President Trump’s civil-rights attorney, according to Breitbart.
Damore was fired after an internal memo he wrote on diversity went viral inside and outside the company. The memo said that biological differences in women helped explain the gender gap in engineering roles at Google.
In an interview with Business Insider last week, Damore said he was fired for expressing a conservative point of view in an organisation that typically promotes liberal ideas. He also compared being a conservative at Google to being a gay person in the 1950s.
Google has not commented directly on Damore’s firing, but CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to all employees that Damore’s actions violated the company’s code of conduct.
“To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK,” Pichai wrote.
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