Software engineer, James Damore, now infamous for his Google Memo, in which he detailed his views on diversity, has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), according to Recode. He was fired from Google Monday.
The memo, which first surfaced publicly Saturday has drawn a myriad of opinions, both praising and criticizing Damore. Ultimately several Google executives stated that by penning his manifesto and sharing it among Google employees, he violated the company’s code of conduct.
Damore has stated he plans to seek “all possible legal remedies” against Google and that the company cited his “perpetuating gender stereotypes” as the reason for his dismissal, Bloomberg reported Monday. He is being represented by the law firm, Paul Hastings LLP and claims he filed the complaint before being fired, according to Business Insider.
Currently, there is no word on exactly what his NLRB complaint entails; however, its premise claims Damore was subject to “Coercive Statements (Threats, Promises of Benefits, etc.)” amid his firing. Pundits state Damore may have a hard time proving a wrongful termination case against Google. Experts told the Wall Street Journal that Google could argue that Damore’s views could perpetuate a hostile work environment for women at the company.
Several Google executives have spoken out about the memo. In particular, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai called the manifesto “offensive and not OK.” However, amid his supporters, WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange offered Damore a job while praising his candor.
In response to recent developments, Google has stated it does not comment on individual employee cases.
Meanwhile, there may already be a class-action lawsuit being compiled against Google. The claim is being spearheaded by, Altshuler Berzon LLP and James M. Finber and accuses the company of failing to pay women employees in technology related roles a fair wage, according to Recode.
In it’s latest diversity report Google indicates it’s staff is comprised of 69 percent men and 31 percent women, with its tech related roles being held by 80 percent of men and 20 percent of women.