Engineer Fired Over Diversity 'Manifesto' Threatens to Sue Google

Posted August 10, 2017

Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that every Googler has a right to express themselves and that the contents of the memo make up for a fair debate, but portions of the memo violated Google's Code of Conduct and "cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".

Damore had stayed largely silent since the weekend, only confirming to a few news outlets including Bloomberg why he believed he was sacked and that he was now exploring legal remedies.

Google is also embroiled in a legal dispute with the Department of Labor, which has accused Google of "systemic compensation disparities" between men and women.

"Of course, men and women experience bias, tech, and the workplace differently and we should be cognizant of this, but it's far from the whole story".

"Mom, is it true that there are biological reasons why there are fewer women in tech and leadership?"

A Google engineer has recently written a memo which sparked a lot of controversy, after claiming biology is what keeps women from enjoying as much success as men in the industry of tech. But it also asserts that women "prefer jobs in social and artistic areas" while more men "may like coding because it requires systemizing".

The manifesto was made public, kicking off a firestorm or criticism.

Needless to say, Google's new VP of integrity and diversity, who also happens to be a woman, gave a swift and diplomatic statement on this entire debacle.

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The tech firm's new head of diversity, Danielle Brown, had earlier criticised the memo saying it had "advanced incorrect assumptions about gender".

"But that discourse needs to work alongside the principles of equal employment found in our Code of Conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws". NPR's Laura Sydell reports some women at the company didn't go to work today because of it. The company has denied this charge. "According to Kannan, the attitude emerging from the 10-page document was a classic example of falling victim to the unconscious bias €" prejudices which are defined by attitudes or stereotypes which affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner.

About half of the women involved in the suit still work at Google, and among those who left, over a dozen did so at least in part due to sexism.

After the memo received a few days of global attention, Mr Damore was sacked. "Google: You're fired for having conservative views", Hawkins wrote on Twitter. But perhaps that has more to do with the current makeup of Google than the strength of Damore's ideas.

Who is James Damore and has he apologised?

In their view, Google's actions appear to support the "ideological echo chamber" that Damore complained about. He told Bloomberg he is "currently exploring all possible legal remedies". In the post, Damore claims to "value diversity and inclusion".

Geoffrey Miller, the evolutionary psychologist, told the BBC that Mr Damore got "most of the science right" and showed "pretty good judgment about what we know and what we don't know". Damore, himself, mentions the importance of "honest discussion" and that's where we're going wrong.

He has since claimed that his sacking was illegal. He says he has filed a complaint with the federal National Labor Relations Board accusing Google of trying to shame him into silence.