It might be another sign radical liberalism has gone too far when considering the fact Google let an employee go for expressing concerns about their dogmatic, work environment. Former Google software engineer James Damore was recently let go for writing a 10-page, evidence-based memo, which pointed out the inherent flaws of the company’s “diversity program” and overall intolerance when it comes to diversity of thought.
Naturally, firing him for his opinions only serves to highlight the accuracy of his criticism. Writing for the Washington Examiner, Philip Wegmann suggests Google is more afraid of liberal backlash than they are of breaking federal laws. It’s almost par for the course, these days.
Wegmann contends Google knew firing James Damore was a violation of both federal and state laws. As he explains, Dan Eaton, an attorney and ethics professor at San Diego University, said Damore has a good case against the company for two reasons. “First, federal labor law bars even non-union employers like Google from punishing an employee for communicating with fellow employees about improving working conditions.”
Secondly, Eaton says, Damore’s memo was also a statement of his political opinions. Eaton explains further that California law “prohibits employers from threatening to fire employees to get them to adopt or refrain from adopting a particular political course of action.”
Wegmann believes Google knew this and chose to take their chances with the upcoming, legal battle rather than earn the scorn of liberals everywhere. While taking on the corporate behemoth is no small feat, Damore still has the law on his side (hopefully) and will be able to fight back in court.
In his memo, Damore noted Google’s environment “created an ideological echo chamber where some ideas are too sacred to be honestly discussed.”
Even while Google has purported itself to “value honest discussion,” the old adage rings true: actions speak louder than words.