"I Have A Right To Express My Concerns": Fired Google Engineer Will Pursue Legal Action; Assange Offers Job

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The computer engineer fired by Google for writing a memo in which he slammed the company's anti-conservative culture and said women are less suited to certain roles in tech and leadership, is considering taking legal action against the company.

As a reminder, now former Google employee James Damore, caused outrage when he circulated a manifesto on Friday, complaining about Google’s “ideological echo chamber” alleging women have lower tolerance for stress and that conservatives are more conscientious. The chess master, who studied at Harvard, Princeton and MIT and worked at Google's Mountain View HQ, was fired on Monday after the search giant’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, said portions of Damore’s 10-page memo “violate our code of conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes” despite saying in the same memo that Google employees shouldn't be afraid of speaking their minds.

One day after Google announced the engineer was fired, Damore said he would “likely be pursuing legal action”.

“I have a 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,” he said in an email reported by the New York Times.

In a further email to Breitbart, he reportedly said: “They just fired me for ‘perpetuating gender stereotypes’.”

While liberals were delighted by the decision, others accused Google of hypocrisy as the company is itself currently involved in litigation with the U.S. Department of Labor alleging the company systemically discriminates against women. Google has denied the charges, arguing that it doesn’t have a gender gap in pay, but has declined to share full salary information with the government. According to the company’s most recent demographic report, 69 percent of its workforce and 80 percent of its technical staff are male.

Among other things, Damore argued that “Google’s left bias has created a politically correct mono-culture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence”. He said: “The distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes, and that these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership.”

In his memo, subtitled “How bias clouds our thinking about diversity and inclusion”, he said he wanted to increase women’s representation in tech without resorting to discrimination.

He complained that “discriminating just to increase the representation of women in tech is as misguided and biased as mandating increases for women’s representation in the homeless, work-related and violent deaths, prisons and school dropouts”. His suggestions included the company making tech and leadership less stressful because “women are on average more prone to anxiety”. His dismissal followed "outrage" in Silicon Valley because Damore sought to explain the gender imbalance in the tech industry as a function of biological difference.

The senior software engineer had worked at Google since 2013 and had previously studied computational biology at Princeton, Harvard and the University of Illinois where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2010 in the top 3% of his class, according to his CV posted online and noted by the Guardian.

On Tuesday, Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, said that he would like to hire Damore, declaring “censorship is for losers”.

Writing on Twitter he said: “WikiLeaks is offering a job to fired Google engineer James Damore. Women and men deserve respect. That includes not firing them for politely expressing ideas but rather arguing back.” He added: “I value intellectual diversity and workers rights to not be fired for politely expressing the ‘wrong’ opinion.”

Damore's termination also sparked a conservative backlash, with Breitbart and other websites rushing to Damore’s defence. Breitbart quoted an anonymous employee who claimed that “the diversity gospel has been woven into nearly everything the company does, to the point where senior leaders focus on diversity first and technology second.

“For conservative employees, this is obviously demoralising, but it is also dangerous. Several have been driven out of the company or fired outright for sharing a dissenting view.”

Eric Weinstein, managing director of Peter Thiel’s venture capital firm, wrote an open missive to Google asking it to “stop teaching my girl that her path to financial freedom lies not in coding but in complaining to HR”.

More to the matter at hand, legal observers have questioned whether Google has broken employment law by firing Damore.

Dan Eaton, an employment lawyer, in San Diego wrote on CNBC: “Federal labour law bars even non-union employers like Google from punishing an employee for communicating with fellow employees about improving working conditions … California law prohibits employers from threatening to fire employees to get them to adopt or refrain from adopting a particular political course of action.”

He also said” “It is unlawful for an employer to discipline an employee for challenging conduct that the employee reasonably believed to be discriminatory, even when a court later determines the conduct was not actually prohibited by the discrimination laws.”

A spokesman for Google in London declined to comment to the press on the legality of the decision.

Our guess: the most likely outcome will be a multi-million dollar settlement, and in a few months the name James Damore will be forgotten.

Finally, for those who still haven't read it, Damore's full memo is below (link):

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hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

I read the entire report.  Very well thought out.  Google now showing what we all know to be true.

Way to go, Assange!

If you haven't donated to WikiLeaks, please do so...

https://shop.wikileaks.org/donate

NoDebt's picture

One of the few legitimate causes for a gofundme campaign.

 

BaBaBouy's picture

Stand Proud... Go For It ...

Four chan's picture

sue the jew. has a nice ring to it. 

idea_hamster's picture

This has never been the law in the US.

Unless you have an employment contract for a specific length of time, you are an 'at will' employee and can be fired (or quit!) for 'good reason, bad reason, or no reason at all.'

>100 years of court decisions on this.

Guy is dumb as a butt.

NoDebt's picture

What is this "law" stuff you speak of?  Never heard of it.

 

idea_hamster's picture

who tf knows -- i'm just going with his “likely be pursuing legal action” trope

not. going. to. get. 1. red. cent.

 

idea_hamster's picture

Now, by the way, if he were, say, a member of a union or lived in a country that offered workers some employment protections, then this could be different.  

But of course, all we hear is some blue-faced FREEEEDOMMMMM stuff, and then, gee why am i out of job

Stuck on Zero's picture

My guess is that when all is said and done firing this guy will cost Google in excess of a billion dollars. Conservatives forgive, but never forget.

synergize's picture

@StuckonZero - who you kidding?  You arent going to use Google?  LOL - Google's going to get off scott-free as he really has no case and people aint quitting google for bing...

ThirdWorldNut's picture

All he needs to do is identify as a black woman and Google would hire him back to replace their CEO!

Yog Soggoth's picture

All he needs to do is start a hacking career. Leak those to press, and the case is on. Information is worth money in politics as well.

Shitonya Serfs's picture

Google doesn't hire black women...but they tell other companies they should (same as FB).

ShorTed's picture

Many people don't use Google, and it takes less than a minute of searching on Google to forever free yourself from their clutches.  Duck Duck Go, StartPage are 2 simple search engines that do not track.  ProtonMail not only doesn't mine your content, you can encrypt end-to-end if you choose.  Open Office is an opensource office suite for home or business use, is even compatible with MS Office.  

And finally, if you're still using Google's version of faceberg you're probably too lazy/stupid/distinterested in helping yourself...Google is not inevitable, just death.

NiggaPleeze's picture

 

Google makes most of its revenue off ads.  So whenever you visit most websites without an ad blocker, money goes to Google.

Then there's Android and Google Play.

Cloud business (you may use without even knowing).

Maps.

And much more.

83_vf_1100_c's picture

Android vs iThingie, you just can't win either way.

A private company should be able to hire and fire at will. Will there be unfair actions? You betcha but if you are good at what you do, there is a better job waiting. My guess is Google loses more money that dude does over this thing if for no more reason than the bad publicity.Rights? You have the right to keep your opinions to yourself or seek employment elsewhere. I like the guy but there is a line though blurry. I can't hate on Colon Shitsonyerdick for protesting at NFL games and give this guy a free pass.

White male fired, another H1B takes his place. sigh. Dude could take his talents and insider info and start hacking Google servers for revenge.

NAV's picture

The people who wanted to discriminate against us got these laws passed. Now we should use those laws against them. What Google has done is against the law and the courts should do something about it.

Thanks to the forces of feminism, these types of discrimination were made illegal. Now it’s James Damore’s turn to use their laws against them.

ZD1's picture

"I can't hate on Colon Shitsonyerdick for protesting at NFL games and give this guy a free pass."

 

You're comparing apples to peanuts when it comes to this dude and Colon Shitsonyerdick.

He posted on what was supposed to be an open forum for Google employees to exchange ideas. 

He posted nothing that was derogatory unlike Google's SJWs who blatantly posted attacks against men on the forum.

His manifesto quickly prompted extreme responses from left-wing users of the forum, including one SJW, Emily Gorcenski, who claimed she would “beat the sh*t out of him.”

Gorcenski frequently retweets and expresses support for It’s Going Down, an extremist far-left Antifa organization, who have previously doxed and harassed college students, and encouraged violence against Trump supporters.

 

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/08/07/the-google-rebels-diversity-fir...

 

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/08/07/revealed-inside-googles-sjw-cab...

 

 

Shitonya Serfs's picture

Which Non-Spy phone can I get?

Serious question.

Vimes's picture

Try a Russian made phone....

813kml's picture

Most of those have breathalyzers, you have to blow at least 0.10 to make a call.

ZD1's picture

Nada. 

All phones are subject to spying. 

 

Crazy Or Not's picture

Chinese Manufactured native phone with Chinese version Android ....
However...once you install US apps you-re back in the NSA matrix. (as opposed to the Chinese one).
Only Linux /Tor browser is outside box, depending on who when your SSD came from.
Hence so much 3 letter group interest in Linux users/coders/forums ....
Independent thought threatens the Architect ;)

mkhs's picture

Stringed soupcan express.

JRobby's picture

They count on laziness and "I have nothing to hide". It has made them hundreds of $billions$. They are now too big and need to be broken up.

Duck Duck Go is good.

techpriest's picture

Also, Google Analytics turns websites into free data harvesting tools, but Piwik offers a free open source version. I am doing research to switch out GA for Piwik, or build a homegrown version.

Next, for $5 a month (VPS) and about 30 minutes (setup), you can ditch Google Drive and Dropbox in favor of OwnCloud, which is open source, and lets you own the drive and the data. Granted, anything on the Internet is always at a non-zero risk of hacking, but this day and age there are quality open source alternatives to everything.

sleigher's picture

" ProtonMail not only doesn't mine your content,"

 

Just wanted to let you know.  Proton mail was being DDOS'd a while back.  It stopped only when they hired a security company. All their network traffic now flows through this companies network and servers.  Oh yeah, that security company is in Israel.  Just a friendly FYI...

tripletail's picture

Using other search engines is fine. Just know that most ( if not all ) of them, like DuckDuckGo, are search aggregators, meaning they collect results from multiple search engines - to include the overtly evil Google. As to how using such search aggregators impact Google revenue - I have no technical clue. Perhaps, someone else can chime in with the details. Cheers!

Golden Phoenix's picture

Microsoft Rewards has already paid me more than $250.00 just for switching to Bing. But if you'd prefer to get assraped by Google for free that's up to you. 

JRobby's picture

Bing! Now there's a turd that just won't flush.

ZD1's picture

Brave browser

Startpage search engine

mkhs's picture

So you are a high class whore: $250 is your price.

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

"people aint quitting google for bing..."

I disagree.  My personal boycott of Google began 2+ years ago and I've already recruited 14 others to do the same with a goal of each recruiting 5 people of their own.  It can go exponential.  We certainly can hit Google where it counts and the advertisers are already on to the click-farm scams, but if you really want to hurt them, you start boycotting Google's customers (the advertisers) and that takes a heck of a lot of organization.

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

And here's a recent article about just how easy it is to hurt a company that relies on the good will of its customers:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/03/23/youtube-boycott-goog...

ZD1's picture

Ugh, USA Today? Just as bad as Google.

And Google's Youtube? 

Won't be clicking on that link. 

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

Yes ZD1, USA Today sucks and is as guilty of the sins of fake journalism as any other MSM source.  That said, quite often I use their own words against them.....it's kinda fun.

Regarding YouTube.....that purchase by Google should never have been allowed under anti-trust laws, but the bribes were paid long ago.  I'd boycot YouTube as well, but I have almost 4000 views of my diving videos and if that number goes ub to 300,000 I can make about $10 so please don't take away my livelihood.

 

P-51 Stiletto's picture

It's "Scot-free", it dates from the time that English revenuer's would drag illegal whisky distillers down to the English Courts in Edinburgh, and try them before a jury of Scots, who would invariably find their fellow Scot defendants "Not Guilty". AKA "Fuck the English".

a Smudge by any other name's picture

I dunno about a legal case but if one of my employees flipped me or the company over like this they'd on their ass so fast they'd have scrape marks on the pavement.

Frankly it smacks of the very entitlement culture it indicts.

MRob's picture

LOL are you sure?? I set bing as my primary search engine as soon as I saw this guy was fired, and then went into a little business I have been setting up and looked at how to better optimise for bing. I then signed up for a Bing ads account.

I strongly suggest everyone reading this does similar.

purplelama's picture

I have already dropped Chrome for the Brave browser, and I haven't seen a Google ad since....

StychoKiller's picture

www.startpage.com or www.duckduckgo.com are also good search websites.  Google ain't the only game in town!

Georgiabelle's picture

I don't use Google as my search engine, and haven't for years. 

bluez's picture

I have to wonder how many here have ever actually worked for a "company". This kind of activity is never allowed, and they always fire you. They won't even worry about lawsuits, or negative publicity. They will not care, they will enforce "discipline" and will fire first and not ask any questions later.

If you work in a real company, you know this. They just fire you for saying ANYTHING, especially if that becomes publicly known. This is just the harsh reality.

El Vaquero's picture

Google is going to chase all of its talent away with these kinds of actions.