James Damore, a former Google employee was sacked over the creation of a 10-page viral memo, which critiqued Google’s policies in relation to its diversity. Damore (pictured below) filed for unfair dismissal complaint with federal labour official, according to Business Insider against the institution on Monday, August 7th, 2017.
Pictured: James Damore, former engineer at Google
The manifesto created by Damore, ignited a media storm over the weekend – Damore arguing that biological differences between men and women are the cause of the gender gap at multi-tech company Google and the broader technology industry. Google claims that Damore was fired as a result of violating the company’s code of conduct and “perpetuating gender stereotypes”.
The National Labor Relations Board website outlines the law firm Paul Hastings will represent the multinational technology company, with Damore’s name not listed but has been confirmed by Business Insider, with complaint allegation’s classification, being stated as “Coercive Statements (Threats, Promises of Benefits, etc)”.
Google’s ex engineer had previously told other news outlets that he planned to file a complaint, with The New York Times reporting that he’s claiming Google’s upper management was “misrepresenting and shaming” him.
“I have a legal right to express my concerns about the terms and conditions of my working environment and to bring up potentially illegal behaviour, which is what my document does,” As Damore told The New York Times.
Legal experts say the case has legs, with one lawyer telling Wired that “Damore’s lawyer might argue that his memo was protected under California law, because it related to allegedly unequal treatment of employees.”
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