Last week, Internet giant Google has fired the male engineer at the center of an uproar in Silicon Valley who was responsible for writing a dubious 10-page document named as“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.
On Monday evening, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai said that “portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”
According to the reports by Bloomberg, James Damore confirmed in an email to Reuters that he has been fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.”
In a 10-page memo, Damore said that “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”.
In his memo, Damore also claimed that “Google’s left bias has created a politically correct monoculture” which prevented honest discussion of diversity.
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.
Sundar Pichai also added that “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.”
Source: The Guardian