Author of Google Diversity Memo Files Labor Complaint After Firing
Aug 10 2017
A sourcetoldCNNTech that James Damore, the employee behind the memo, was sacked by the company. "These differences aren't just socially constructed because [for one thing] they often have clear biological causes and links to prenatal testosterone.they're exactly what we would predict from an evolutionary psychology perspective".
Prior to being dismissed, Damore reportedly submitted a complaint to the National Labor Relations Boardclaiming that the search giant's management was "mispresenting and shaming" him to silence his complaints-telling the Times it is "illegal" to retaliate against an NLRB charge.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that every Googler has a right to express themselves and that the contents of the memo make up for a fair debate, but portions of the memo violated Google'sCode of Conduct and "cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace". Far from it. In fact, over 60 current and former female Google employees have joined forces to discuss a possible class action lawsuit against the company.
"Google's Ideological Echo Chamber" criticizes Google's "diversity and inclusion" initiatives, such as programs that are aimed specifically at women and under-represented minorities.
"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", Damore told the New York Times.
The women in the pending case were sought through an "Equal Pay for Google Women" advertisement by Fingberg's firm, Altshuler Berzon LLP. When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions.
"Mom, is it true that there are biological reasons why there are fewer women in tech and leadership?" People must feel free to express dissent.
This "man of science" argued that his female colleagues, due to biology, are more neurotic and have a lower stress tolerance than men as well as less of a drive for "higher status".
Google's vice president of diversity, Danielle Brown, sent a memo in response to the furor, saying the engineer's essay 'advanced incorrect assumptions about gender'. According to a business Insiderreport, Google is also embroiled in a legal dispute with the Department of Labor, which has accused Google of "systemic compensation disparities" between men and women. Pichai acknowledged that the memo had impacted employees some of whom he said are hurting because they feel their being judged based only on gender.