James Damore, the engineer fired by Google after penning a memo crtiticizing the company's diversity policy, published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal explaining "Why I was sacked by Google".
The women's stories bolster the claims of U.S. labour department officials, who have said that a preliminary analysis found that women face "extreme" pay discrimination across the company and have recently raised concerns that Google's strict confidentiality agreements are discouraging employees from speaking up. The attorney went on and publicly stated that he interviewed over half of the women who are being affected by Google's wage disparities and said that their allegations will be recognized in court. It seems that Google employees started to get harassed online after the incident involving James Damore. Google said he had crossed the line "by advancing harmful gender stereotypes" and many employees were upset about the views outlined in the memo.
Google has cancelled a company-wide "town hall" meeting due to fears of employee harassment. Google's chief of diversity, Danielle Brown, has less than 2,000 followers.
But many have come to Damore's defense, particularly those who oppose what Damore called Google's "left bias". Startup investor Alex Rubalcava spotted the banners earlier today: "Someone is in Venice is not happy about Google's firing of that memo guy".
The op-ed comes a day after Google CEO Sundar Pichai was supposed to hash it all out in an all-hands meeting with the company's more than 60,000 employees.
In 2015 the U.S. Department of Labor launched a contract-compliance review of Google's employment practices related to diversity.
A number of employees sent emails to Pichai and told managers that they planned to skip the meeting because they were anxious that they would face online reprisals for speaking out. Does it make sense to have, say, 85 percent of those website coders be male?
Damore has emerged as a hero of conservative media. Fired4Truth, widely believed to be Damore'sTwitter account, is closing in on 50,000 followers in a matter of days. In a recent Blind survey, majority of the employees from these firms voted against Google's decision to fire Damore. James Finberg, who is a civil rights attorney has announced that he is working on finding a legal basis for these women.
Up until June 2016, Google had complied with all of OFCCP's information requests, producing over 1 million data points and approximately 740,000 pages.
A Google spokesperson declined to comment on the pending class-action.
In an essay published in The Wall Street Journal on Friday, Mr. Damore said "there was no outcry or charge of misogyny" when he shared the memo initially. The loud voice here is a liberal one.
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