James Damore, the Google employee who was fired after circulating an anti-diversity memo last August, isn't over his dismissal apparently as he has now filed a lawsuit against his former employer. Damore filed a class-action complaint today in a California court alongside another former Google employee, David Gudeman. Both men say they were "ostracized, belittled and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasians and/or males."
The ex-Google employee who was fired after writing an internal memo claiming that biological differences between men and women prevent gender equality in tech defended his actions and criticized the company in an essay published Friday. James Damore, who was fired earlier this week, said his 10-page memo outlined what he thought was a "well-researched, good-faith argument," in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. He spoke out against what he believes is Google's "ideological echo chamber," which he claimed suppressed his voice. Damore acknowledged his suggestion in the memo that "some of the male-female disparity in tech could be attributed to biological disparity." He called out Google for being "intolerant of scientific debate and reasoned argument."
Software engineer, James Damore, now infamous for his Google Memo, in which he detailed his views on diversity, has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), according to Recode. He was fired from Google Monday. The memo, which first surfaced publicly Saturday has drawn a myriad of opinions, both praising and criticizing Damore. Ultimately several Google executives stated that by penning his manifesto and sharing it among Google employees, he violated the company's code of conduct. Damore has stated he plans to seek "all possible legal remedies" against Google and that the company cited his "perpetuating gender stereotypes" as the reason for his dismissal, Bloomberg reported Monday.
Companies should have the freedom to stop the "kinds of employee conduct that could lead to a'hostile workplace,'" Sophir said. The lawyer also rejected Damore's attempts to mask his views with pseudo-scientific claims and "not all women" disclaimers, arguing that they still represented discrimination.
The controversy surrounding the firing of former Google engineer James Damore over an internal diversity memo took another turn late Tuesday, as Damore officially filed a formal complaint with the National Labor Relations Board due to his dismissal from Google. It's also the latest legal move for Damore, who publicly said he wants to take the search giant to court. At the moment, Damore's prospects for a case on wrongful termination grounds against Google appear to be uncertain. For Google, the company contends the memo clearly had disruptive and hostile effects within its offices. According to a post from Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the former software engineer's memo had a negative response among Google's staffers and, more significantly, portions of the document violated the company's code of conduct for its employees.