A Google engineer has recently written a memo which sparked a lot of controversy, after claiming biology is what keeps women from enjoying as much success as men in the industry of tech. Damore filed a lawsuit against the company late Tuesday over his termination.
Google said it would not publicly comment on individual employee cases, however chief executive Sundar Pichai told employees that portions of the memo "violate our code of conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".
Damore's 10-page memo went on to list several of what he saw as differences between the genders including personality differences and the apparently higher drive for status that men possess compared to women.
Vox described Damore's memo as "anti-diversity".
The NLRA clause could allow Damore to argue that he was "organizing for mutual aid not to be discriminated against as a man", says Rossein. "If you continue to restrict your hiring pool to one type of people you're going to get some mediocre people in there". They've now turned this situation into an issue of free speech, but is it? But that move alone doesn't mean the company is free from sexism.More news: New Department of Defense Guidance "Cracks Down" on Drones
Legal and employment experts noted, however, that companies have broad latitude to restrict the speech of employees and that First Amendment protections do not apply in the workplace.
Even still, Damore told The New York Times he believes what happened to him was illegal, adding, "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".
The National Labor Relations Act protects employees who are trying to organize unions, but there is a clause stating employees are allowed to engage in activities for "other mutual aid or protection".
"It's demoralizing", she said, requesting anonymity out of fear for retribution.More news: Dubai residents describe screams as flames engulf 79-storey building
Damore also said the company makes it hard to dissent from "Google's left bias" and "politically correct monoculture", and criticized Google for offering mentoring and other opportunities to employees based on gender and race.
Google was also under investigation by the federal government earlier this year for allegedly underpaying its female employees, an accusation it denies. "That includes not firing them for politely expressing ideas but rather arguing back", Assange tweeted.
It comes at a time when the US Department of Labor is investigating whether Google has unlawfully paid women less than men. The groups surveyed 21,980 publicly traded companies in 91 countries and found an increase in the share of women in corporate leadership positions from zero to 30 percent would lead to a rise in profitability by 15 percent.
So, yeah, it all sounds pretty sexist but he does offer suggestions on how Google can change its approach to diversity to decrease the both the gender and racial gap in tech. Perhaps Damore, and those supporting him, should've done more research.More news: Christy Clark resigns in British Columbia