Google fires employee for writing anti-diversity memo to colleagues

  • Google fires employee for writing anti-diversity memo to colleagues

Google fires employee for writing anti-diversity memo to colleagues

Confirming his dismissal to Reuters, he said that he had been sacked for perpetuating gender stereotypes.

Sundar Pichai, Google's chief executive officer, blasted Damore's memo in an email for "advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".

Pichai said that suggesting about someone that they're less biologically fit to work in the company is offensive and contrary to the company's Code of Conduct.

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".

According to Bloomberg, Damore is understood to have been fired by Google on Monday (7 August) after his internal post went viral over the weekend.

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

James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote the memo, confirmed to the press he was sacked.

One of the main issues taken from the memo was that it suggested there were fewer women at Google due to biological differences. "The memo has clearly impacted our co-workers, some of whom are hurting and feel judged based on their gender", Pichai wrote in the letter to Google employees.

Male engineer James Damore's widely shared memo, titled Google's Ideological Echo Chamber, criticised Google for pushing mentoring and diversity programs and for "alienating conservatives".

Danielle Brown, the Vice President of Diversity, Integrity and Governance for Google, has come up with a reply.

The brazen statement comes as companies in the technology sector, such as Google and rideshare app Uber, struggle to overcome complaints of festering gender discrimination and sexual harassment against women employees.

Brown wrote that we remain unequivocal in the belief diversity and inclusion remains critical to the company's success, and we will continue standing for that, and have a commitment to it over the long haul.

On social media, women spoke out to criticize the memo and attitudes of sexism in the workplace more generally.

Now some 69 percent of Google's employees are men, according to the company's latest figures, a proportion that rises to 80 percent when it comes to technology jobs.