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Non-union or "at will" employees, such as most tech workers, can be fired in the United States for a wide array of reasons that have nothing to do with performance. In a recent Blind survey, majority of the employees from these firms voted against Google's decision to fire Damore.
In "Why I was sacked by Google", Damore reveals the toxic workplace culture in the company, where sharing opinions is limited to a certain ideological spectrum. The document slammed Google's "politically correct monoculture" and advanced gender stereotypes about women in the workplace. Some of the Google employees also identified as gay or supportive of diversity efforts.
While some individuals surmised the memo may have sprung from Damore's resentment toward Google's diversityinitiatives, others welcomed it.
Google's CEO had originally planned to address some of these issues at an all-hands meeting Thursday, but he canceled the meeting at the last minute due to concerns about leaks and employees being threatened and harassed online. Volunteers are planning a march on the company offices in nine cities on August 19, according to the March on Google website.
"Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and anxious they may be "outed" publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall", Pichai told employees, explaining his decision to cancel the all-hands meeting.
Pichai said in an email to staff that several Google employees became fearful for their safety and grew concerned about being outed for speaking up at the town hall.
Damore, who has emerged as a hero of conservative media, stands by his memo, saying he considered it a "reasoned, well-researched, good-faith argument".
Damore'sTwitter account has nearly 60,000 followers despite starting days ago.
One of the world's leading philosophers, Peter Singer, believes that Google was wrong in firing Damore. Next to Pichai is the Google logo but instead the text reads "Not So Much".
Damore claimed in a complaint filed on Monday to the National Labor Relations Board that he had been subject to "coercive statements" at Google.
The Labor Department's suit was heard by one of its own in-house administrative law judges (ALJs), which ruled last month that the demands were "over-broad, intrusive on employee privacy, unduly burdensome, and insufficiently focused on obtaining the requested information". And some are anxious that you can not speak out at work freely. Some conservatives, meanwhile, appeared to feel marginalized by the reaction to the memo, according to another question. It signifies their belief that liberals stifle free speech by humiliating right-wing voices.
As this week's drama unfolded, Google quietly passed another milestone. That's a big challenge when Google's parent company, Alphabet, now employs 76,000 employees around the world. Right now, however, Google has enough problems close to home.
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