If he can prove that Google fired him as retaliation for the complaint, labor experts said, he might be able to sue. Right now, the company is fighting a gender discrimination lawsuit alleging that the company routinely pays women less money than men in the same types of jobs.By choosing to fire Damore, Google was essentially protecting itself from more criticism and potential future lawsuits."It is getting more difficult by the day to have a rational public conversation about anything," wrote Alexandra De Sanctis for National Review.On the surface, Google appears to be on safe legal ground, at least when it comes to the firing: US workers don't have free speech rights in private sector jobs under the First Amendment."He has a right to communicate with others about things like wages and hours and working conditions," said Samuel Estreicher, a law professor at New York University and director of the university's Center for Labor and Employment.These are just claims he could make at the federal level."Sometimes Americans think they have more rights at work than they actually do," said Angela Cornell, an employment law professor and director of the Labor Law Clinic at Cornell University.
But some, including many conservatives, saw the decision as something else: a politically motivated firing that raised concerns about free speech and the free flow of ideas.Still, even if Damore was hired at will, it doesn't mean he has no legal protections.Before Google fired him, he filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, saying the company was trying to “silence” his complaints.It is contrary to our basic values and our Code of Conduct, which expects “each Googler to do their utmost to create a workplace culture that is free of harassment, intimidation, bias and unlawful discrimination.” Damore disagrees.He told the Wall Street Journal that he believed his firing was politically motivated.