Google Engineer Fired Over Memo Casting Doubt on Need for Gender Diversity

Alan Olson
August 9, 2017

The email from Pichai did not say whether Damore would be fired for writing it.

James Damore, who has now identified himself in an email confirming his departure for "perpetuating gender stereotypes", has said that he is "currently exploring all possible legal remedies".

"Late Monday night, Google's CEO tweeted a statement to their employees which read in part, ", to suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited is offensive and not OK". When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions.

Damore believed that women were less interested in coding careers because they preferred jobs involving "people and aesthetics", and that the low number of women in "high stress jobs" is down to them having more "neuroticism".

Google has reportedly fired an employee who wrote a scathing internal memo critical of the company's diversity policies.

Damore's 10-page memo went viral within the company, where it had both critics and defenders.

Many companies in the USA have come under fire for not providing the same opportunities to women as men.

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The former Google engineer confirmed to Bloomberg that he was sacked on Monday.

The employee also said that men were generally better at engineering jobs than women and that a liberal bias among executives and many employees makes it hard to discuss the issue at Google.

The engineer also argues that Google's diversity practices amount to a politically liberal orthodoxy "that can irreparably harm Google".

Google isn't the first big company to be targeted for lack of equality, or discrimination after reports showed the pay gap among the best known celebs and Politian's across the UK.

In response to the memo, the company's vice president of diversity, integrity and governance offered a memo of her own. Brown said that Google remained committed to diversity in the workplace.

In internal discussion boards, multiple employees said they supported firing the author, and some said they would not choose to work with him.

Despite losing his job at Google, Damore has been offered a job at Gab, a Twitter competitor for free speech activists, and at WikiLeaks. 69 percent of Google's staff is male.

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