Dozens Of Women May Sue Google Over A Gender Pay Gap

Google worker's call for end to positive discrimination in favour of women and ethnic minority staff sparks backlash

Damore was sacked from Google on Monday for violating the company's code of conduct.

Feinberg claimed several women he interviewed for the suit were paid around $40,000 less on an average for doing the same work as men.

And while some are trying to defend the memo as an issue of free speech, she sees it as a mandate for companies to take action against employees who "make unlawful statements about co-workers or create hostile work environments".

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.

I happen to think Damore is right: women do tend to experience "higher anxiety [and] lower stress tolerance", which doubtlessly compels many to stay away from high-stress fields like upper-industry tech. He said that prior to being fired he had filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board and that "it's illegal to retaliate against a NLRB charge".

"There are coworkers who are questioning whether they can safely express their views in the workplace (especially those with a minority viewpoint)".

"The use of company resources to spread highly divisive political thought is inappropriate", said Aine Donovan, director of the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth College.

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She added, "He was sacked not merely because of his opinions, but because he misused company resources".

Google has repeatedly denied the gender discrimination allegations detailed in the Labor Department case.

The firing of James Damore, the author of the so-called "Google Manifesto", is highlighting the issue of exactly what you can and can't say in the workplace.

In other words, said James McDonald, the managing partner of the Irvine, California, office of the employment law firm Fisher Phillips, it "has to be apparent that an employee is speaking for a group of employees, like saying 'I'm a spokesperson, ' or at least be an invitation to engage in concerted activity". "Improving an organization doesn't start with throwing a grenade into the conference room". Susan Wojcicki, CEO of Google-owned YouTube, wrote an open letter about the sexism she has faced, even in her leadership role.

"Though there?s been plenty of outrage over the (Damore) post among Google employees and others in the tech industry, there are also significant numbers who have welcomed it", said Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research in a blog post. While she said she doesn't agree with Damore's view, she said he should have been able to express his views, although he should have used a more appropriate format for opening a discussion. Many people were furious about what Damore wrote. Someone that works for one of the world's biggest companies actually believes this in 2017. Pichai added that he was cutting short a family vacation overseas to address staff in a town hall Thursday. Julian Assange offered Damore a job, Britain's The Telegraph reports.

Assange, who is now residing at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, voiced his support for Demore on Twitter saying "censorship is for losers".

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