These days Google is making headlines for a case related to one of its employees, who circulated an anti-diversity memo among the internal workforce last week.
The memo made its way to the public and since then a debate has been going on regarding its content and how the company would handle the situation.
It has been learnt that the internet giant has fired the male engineer who had written the memo in order to discourage such discourse in the future as well. James Damore, the engineer who wrote the memo, confirmed his dismissal and told reporters that he had been fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes”.
Damore will not go down without a fight as he has revealed that he is exploring all possible legal remedies and will take action against the firm for his dismissal. He said that before being fired, he had submitted a charge to the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) accusing Google’s upper management of trying to shame him into silence.
“It’s illegal to retaliate against an NLRB charge,” he wrote in the email.
Meanwhile experts are of the opinion that Damore will face an uphill battle against the company as the odds are not in his favor. Damore is part of the ‘non-union’ or ‘at will’ employees, who do not have many legal authorities. They can be fired in the United States for a number of reasons that have nothing to do with their performance.
Alison Morantz, a Stanford University law professor with expertise in labour law.
“It’s going to be a hard sell that this activity was either concerted or for mutual aid or protection, rather than simply venting or pitting one group of workers against the others, which does not sound very mutual,” Alison Morantz, a Stanford University law professor with expertise in labour law said about the issue.