Fired Google en­gi­neer files com­plaint, weighs le­gal op­tions

Cape Breton Post - - World -

MENLO PARK, Calif. — A for­mer Google en­gi­neer who was fired over a memo he wrote about gen­der dif­fer­ences says he’s ex­plor­ing all his le­gal op­tions and has al­ready filed a labour com­plaint over his treat­ment. James Damore, whose memo over the week­end caused an up­roar on­line, says in an email that he was ter­mi­nated late Mon­day for ``per­pet­u­at­ing gen­der stereo­types.’’ He says he con­sid­ers his fir­ing il­le­gal be­cause he had al­ready filed a com­plaint with the Na­tional La­bor Re­la­tions Board.

The board de­clined to com­ment.

A fil­ing by Damore with the board Mon­day al­leged he was sub­jected to ``co­er­cive state­ments’’ while at Google.

Google de­clined to com­ment on the mat­ter, but an email from CEO Sun­dar Pichai on Mon­day called Damore’s memo ``harm­ful’’ and said he’d ad­dress staff in a town hall Thurs­day.

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