Google Legally Fired Diversity Memo Author, Labor Agency Says


James Damore was dismissed from Google after essay a quarrelsome memo on gender issues in a workplace.

Jason Henry for The New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO — Google did not mangle a law when it dismissed an operative who wrote a memo vicious of a company’s farrago efforts, a warn for a sovereign labor group said.

Last year, James Damore, a little-known operative on Google’s hunt infrastructure team, incited snub during a association and opposite Silicon Valley for creation an evidence that seemed to justify a compensate and event opening between genders during record companies.

Before he was dismissed by Google, Mr. Damore filed a censure with a National Labor Relations Board observant that a association had disregarded his right to rivet in accordant activity to residence a workplace problem.

But Jayme L. Sophir, an associate ubiquitous warn during a labor agency, pronounced that Google’s actions were excusable since they done transparent that Mr. Damore was being dismissed for comments that modernized stereotypes — not for vocalization out about a company.


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The preference was published on Jan. 16 though was not done open until Thursday.

Google done transparent that Mr. Damore had disregarded a policies on nuisance and taste when he argued, for example, that women were some-more disposed to “neuroticism,” definition that they exhibited aloft highlight and a reduce toleration for stress, a labor group said.

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“Employers have a clever seductiveness in compelling farrago and enlivening employees opposite different demographic groups to flower in their workplaces. In avail of these legitimate interests, employers contingency be available to ‘nip in a bud’ a kinds of worker control that could lead to a ‘hostile workplace,’ rather than watchful until an actionable antagonistic workplace has been combined before holding action,” Ms. Sophir wrote.

The preference pronounced countless Google employees had complained to tellurian family about Mr. Damore’s memo and dual intensity engineering possibilities withdrew their names from care since of what he wrote. Google declined to criticism on Friday, while Mr. Damore and his warn did not respond to emails seeking comment.

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