Google employee anti-diversity memo causes row

Herbert Rhodes
August 9, 2017

The Google software engineer who wrote a controversial memo claiming women were prevented from being as successful as men due to biological issues has been fired. However, Damore, in an email to Bloomberg has confirmed that the he had been fired.

On Monday, Google CEO Sundar Pichar responded with a memo saying that Google's Cod of Conduct was violated by Damore's memo, because of it "advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".

He further listed the "non-discriminatory ways to reduce the gender gap" under which he wrote that "women on average are more are more prone to anxiety". He added that women prefer jobs in artistic or social areas while men in coding.

The memo prompted backlash from Google's new head of diversity, Danielle Brown, who denounced it in her own note to staff, and it has ultimately led to the sacking of Damore.

Reports of the memo first emerged last week on Motherboard; Gizmodo later published it in full.

Well, we couldn't agree with her more.

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The ten-page manifesto, titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber", accused the company of a left-wing political bias that led to the discrimination of male employees under the guise of diversity. While there are 20 percent women in tech in Google in 2017 as compared to a mere 17 percent in 2014, only one in four women hold leadership roles.

While he condemned the sexist remarks in the author's memo, Pichai remained consistent that employees at Google have the right to express their opinions - as did the author of the viral memo - but in line with the company's Code of Conduct.

The engineer also argues that Google's diversity practices amount to a politically liberal orthodoxy "that can irreparably harm Google". Brown said that Google remained committed to diversity in the workplace.

While Damore no longer has a job with Google, he may soon he employed again as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has spoken out in his favour and said that the company was "censoring" Damore and has even offered him a job at Wikileaks.

Googlers have been mixed in their levels of support for the sacking, but some have said that they believe it not only to be the right thing but that they wouldn't wish to work with Damore.

According to a diversity report earlier this year, almost 70 percent of Google's workforce are men.

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