Damore filed under a section of law that deals with protecting statements made by workers' rights activists who have questions about wages and conditions.
On that basis, he has a fighting chance, according to Valerie L. Sharpe, a labor lawyer based in the San Francisco area.
"The crux of his claim is whether Google penalized him for raising concerns about working conditions (i.e., unfair treatment of white men?
Google's other problem in defending this case will be to establish that Damore broke company policy by publishing the manifesto.
"Googlers are expected to do their utmost to create a workplace culture that is free of harassment, intimidation, bias, and unlawful discrimination," it says.
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