Google Fires Employee Who Wrote Memo Criticizing Diversity Initiatives

  • Google Fires Employee Who Wrote Memo Criticizing Diversity Initiatives

Google Fires Employee Who Wrote Memo Criticizing Diversity Initiatives

(Web Desk) - James Damore, the man claimed by United States media reports as being responsible for writing an anti-diversity memo at Google, was recently fired by the search engine giant.

At the same time however Pichai was careful to couch this criticism by conceding that numerous issues raised by the engineer were valid; including sections critical of Google's training programmes, the role of ideology in the workplace, and questioning of whether programs directed at women and minorities are sufficiently open.

In an email to Google employees on Monday, Pichai wrote that parts of the 3,300-word manifesto crossed the line by "advancing harmful gender stereotypes" in the workplace. The memo, entitled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber", has created an uproar in Silicon Valley after initially going "internally viral" at Google. The recent case of harassment is that at Uber Technologies Inc. Among the most controversial parts, Damore argued that "differences in distributions of traits between men and women may in part explain why we don't have 50 percent representation of women in tech and leadership".

The full text of Damore's memo was published here by Gizmodo.

The document argued in favor of a biological basis for the difference in the number of men and women in the tech industry based on pseudoscientific statistics and assertions such as women suffering from "neuroticism" more than men. Fifty-six per cent of its workers are white and 35 per cent are Asian, while Hispanic and Black employees make up four per cent and two per cent of its workforce, respectively, according to the company's latest diversity report. "We'll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul". The search giant is now under investigation by the US Department of Labor for gender discrimination in the workplace.

Aristotle Balogh, Google's vice president of engineering, also rebuked the memo in a separate email to employees and several Google employees also spoke out against the original memo. She also agreed that sexism exists and denied using any stereotype, Motherboard reported.

"The past few days have been very hard for many at the company, and we need to find a way to debate issues on which we might disagree", he wrote.