A Google engineer was recently fired due to a written viral 10-page memo about the lack of diversity policies in the company. He has brought this issue to further attention by filing a complaint with federal labor officials. On August 7th, James Damien, confirmed by Business Insider, filed the complaint against Google, Google will be represented by law firm Paul Hastings as shown on the National Labor Relations Board website. “Coercive Statements (Threats, Promises of Benefits, etc.)” has been the only detail revealed so far.
James Damore was fired after arguing that the biological differences between men and women is the source of the gender pay gap in the tech and media industries. He was fired based on “perpetuating gender stereotypes” and violating the company’s code of conduct, the same day he lodged the suit. Damore has claimed to the New York Times that Google was “misrepresenting and shaming” him. Further, he has also suggested to the New York Times that “I have a legal right to express my concerns about the terms and conditions of my working environment and to bring up potentially illegal behavior, which is what my document does.” Some legal experts have stated that the case has potential. One told Wired that “Damore’s lawyer might argue that his memo was protected under California law because it related to allegedly unequal treatment of employees.”