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The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco County Superior Court, shows that Chevalier is seeking damages for lost wages, emotional distress, punitive damages, and injunctive relief against those alleged harmful acts.
Google has another lawsuit related to diversity on its hands. Just days after James Damore was sacked, Qichen Zhang spoke to The Guardian explaining she quit Google because as a woman of colour felt isolated and embattled within the company. He filed a lawsuit in January in which he charged the company with discrimination against white, conservative men.
Chevalier, a software developer and former site-reliability engineer at Google, was ousted in November 2017 after he responded to an anti-diversity memo written by James Damore, who too was sacked allegedly for criticising Google for its diversity policy.
Unlike Damore however, Chevalier is very much a liberal and identifies himself as "disabled, queer, and transgender", his lawsuit reads.
Chevalier, who is disabled and transgender, alleges that his internal posts that defended women of colour and marginalized people led directly to his termination in November 2017. Allegedly, Chevalier's use of the phrase "white boys" was seen as a generalisation of race and gender.
The document also mentions that Google's HR division informed Chevalier before he was sacked that his supervisors were "critical of [his] political participation and dismissive of his attempts to change Google's culture".
The suit says that "Chevalier's supervisors were critical of Chevalier's political participation and dismissive of his attempts to change Google's culture". Google found memes he posted on Google's internal meme generator, Memegen, to be discriminatory against white men.
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Former Google engineer Tim Chevalier filed a lawsuit against the tech. company Wednesday for wrongful termination, retaliation and discrimination (among other complaints).
Chevalier regularly participated in these internal discussions, the lawsuit states, "calling out discrimination and harassment for what it was and asking his peers to reflect on perspectives different from their own". Last August, Chevalier and 13 other Google employees were trolled by other employees as a part of a backlash against Damore's firing.
Last week, the US National Labor Relations Board said Google didn't break the law when it fired Damore.
"Google was enforcing its policy against the promotion of harmful stereotypes", Google spokesperson Gina Scigliano told the Verge, speaking about the dismissal of Chevalier.
"An important part of our culture is lively debate", a Google spokeswoman said in a statement.
"But like any workplace, that doesn't mean anything goes", she added.
"The overwhelming majority of our employees communicate in a way that is consistent with our policies", Scigliano said. "We always make our decision without any regard to the employee's political views".