Dozens of Women Are Considering Suing Google Over Workplace Sexism

Trevor Jackson
August 10, 2017

The memo also offered several suggestions for non-discriminatory ways that Google can reduce the gender gap.

"I think what they did was illegal and I'm now exploring all possible legal remedies", he said.

The confusion has only grown as politics has become hyper-polarized and social media has given employees platforms to broadcast their views to the world. As Sandberg said, "We all need to do more". "I've seen it on both sides of the political aisle".

Kelly Ellis, a software engineer who used to work for Google, says some female employees stayed home Monday because the memo made them "uncomfortable going back to work", according to NPR.

Damore said he was subjected to "coercive statements" while working at Google.

"Yes, in that the message it's sending is that people are not free to express their beliefs and opinions".

Then Damore was sacked - according to media reports and his own email to the far-right news website Breitbart - which sparked a new backlash from those claiming Google was stifling free speech.

Employment lawyers mostly said Damore's potential legal case over his firing was weak though, with some noting Google would have faced potential lawsuits if it had not acted against him.

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"So to be clear again, many points raised in the memo - such as the portions criticising Google's trainings, questioning the role of ideology in the workplace, and debating whether programmes for women and underserved groups are sufficiently open to all - are important topics".

To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK. "It is contrary to our basic values and our Code of Conduct".

Google has said the e-mail "advances harmful gender stereotypes" What did the "sexist" e-mail actually say? He also notes that if Damore were able to prove that he was sacked because he filed a charge with the NLRB, that would be a violation of the law regardless of the charge's merits.

"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.

"If he were speaking simply about the appropriateness of affirmative action that might be a different matter", he said, "but he appears to be speaking about women in a stereotypical, inflammatory way".

Angela Sain, author of Inferior: How Science got Women Wrong, agreed: "The differences aren't as big as we think they are and the gender gap as it exists in society is not explained by biological differences".

"Of course, men and women experience bias, tech, and the workplace differently and we should be cognizant of this, but it's far from the whole story". He joined Google as an intern in 2013 and worked as a software engineer at the company since December that year. And that's just the start of Google's problems.

Still, the confusion remains.

While it's true the U.S. Constitution grants Damore the right to express himself, the First Amendment protects citizens' free speech rights from being restricted by the government, not employers.

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