Google Fires its Engineer James Damore for Anti-Diversity Memo

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Ankita Shah
Ankita Shah
Content writer at TechGenYZ

Last week, Internet giant Google fired the male engineer at the center of an uproar in Silicon Valley who was responsible for writing a dubious 10-page document named Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber that condemns the search giant for its efforts to endorse diversity and inclusion in its workforce.

James Damore, the male engineer who had worked as a senior software engineer at the Mountain View office since December 2013, has been dismissed for claiming that gender inequality in the tech sector is due to biological differences.

Portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace. -Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google.

According to the reports by Bloomberg, James Damore confirmed in an email to Reuters that he has been fired for perpetuating gender stereotypes.

Distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and … these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership. Google’s left bias has created a politically correct monoculture. -Damore, In a 10-page memo.

The memo was internally distributed to all the employees and was first reported by Motherboard, and was introduced by Gizmodo on Saturday. Gizmodo later released the complete memo.

To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK. 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. -Sundar Pichai.

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