Google fires employee over letter about diversity

Google fires employee over letter about diversity

Following his dismissal by Google for the memo, Damore is reportedly "exploring all possible legal remedies", telling Wired that he was sacked for "perpetuating gender stereotypes".

Damore told the Associated Press that he filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board before he was sacked and that he is exploring his legal options.

Damore could argue that circulating his memo, which called for the inclusion of more diverse ideological viewpoints at Google, amounted to "concerted activities" which is protected under United States law. "I thought about how the gender gap persists in tech despite declining in other STEM fields, how hard we've been working as an industry to reverse that trend, and how this was yet another discouraging signal to young women who aspire to study computer science".

Former Google engineer James Damore is being held up as a free-speech hero by his supporters, but his dismissal by the tech giant might may be more of an ethical morass than a legal issue. Believes G acted illegally.

First, let me say that we strongly support the right of Googlers to express themselves, and much of what was in that memo is fair to debate, regardless of whether a vast majority of Googlers disagree with it. After the memo went public, Google (GOOG) fired Damore, with Google CEO Sundar Pichai denouncing it as "advancing harmful gender stereotypes". "To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK", Pichai said in an internal email titled "Our Words Matter" that Recode obtained and published this week.

That includes Google. While firing Damore shows that Google doesn't tolerate discriminatory behavior in the workplace, it doesn't help that their statements, in the wake of the DoL's investigation or a potential class action lawsuit or even with Baker's spreadsheet, seem to shut down the idea that Google is not flawless; the idea that "extreme" discrimination in pay could exist in the tech giant.

Noted bloomberg: '....is the latest in a long string of incidents concerning gender bias and diversity in the tech enclave. Uber Technologies CEO Travis Kalanick lost his job in June amid scandals over sexual harassment, discrimination and an aggressive culture.

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Civil rights attorney James Finberg said that several of the women claimed they earn up to $40,000 less than their male counterparts and that "the big initial disparity turns into a larger and larger disparity every year" as a result of men getting better salary and stock options.

The confusion has only grown as politics has become hyper-polarized and social media has given employees platforms to broadcast their views to the world.

The U.S. Labor Department is investigating Google to see whether the firm has unlawfully paid women less than men.

The board declined to comment.

The looming lawsuit comes as Google tries fighting off a misogynistic manifesto criticizing the company for a "left bias" in wanting to help women in tech. Damore was sacked from Google on Monday for violating the company's code of conduct.

Google has repeatedly denied the existence of a gendered wage discrepancy and a Google spokesperson told the Guardian on Tuesday, "Sixty people is a really small sample size".

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