Google Memo Gets Author Fired And Sparks Tech Diversity Talks

Posted August 10, 2017

In the meantime, Pichai has said that Google will hold an all-hands meeting on Thursday to discuss the matter.

The manifesto was quickly embraced by some, particularly on the political right, branding him a courageous truth-teller. Show them examples of women that are apparently superhuman because their brains work at a higher biological standard than what they believe is possible - some of these members of the X-Men just so happen to be the bosses of people with these views.

Some on Twitter are calling for a boycott of Google over this issue and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has reportedly offered the fired engineer a job. But it also asserts that women "prefer jobs in social and artistic areas" while more men "may like coding because it requires systemizing". "That includes not firing them for politely expressing ideas but rather arguing back", Assange tweeted.

While it's unclear what legal route Damore might pursue, free-speech grounds would be a stretch, given that the First Amendment provides protection only from government censorship.

Brown says Google attempts to create an inclusive environment that tolerates dissent. He earned a bachelor's degree in molecular and cellular biology, with minors in physics and chemistry, according to his LinkedIn profile. He could not immediately be reached on Tuesday.

At the time, Google denied the DoL's claims. But as the value of top-notch programming became clear, it became a mostly male domain and the vast majority of programmers in the tech industry are now men.

The memo comes during a particularly fraught time for tech companies, many of which are now dealing with free speech and diversity issues.

Civil Rights attorney James Finberg, who's working on behalf of the female employees, told the Guardian that some of the women claim they are paid less than their male counterparts for the same work, and some say they've had difficulty receiving promotions due to a "culture that is hostile to women".

Tech firms have an abundance of "smart, confident people who think they have an obligation to share their wisdom with their coworkers", the executive said.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai cut his vacation short to address the flap over fired engineer.

Bernice Ledbetter, who teaches leadership to business students at Pepperdine University, praised Google for taking decisive action.

"He's walking dangerously between who he is personally and who he is professionally", Ledbetter said in an interview.

"It takes a certain personality to stick your neck out like that - to write a memo and send it to the workforce", said Hirsch.

Now, more than 60 current and former Google employees are in conversations to bring a class action lawsuit against the tech giant, alleging sexism and a gender pay gap against women, The Guardian reported. "I'm advocating for quite the opposite: treat people as individuals, not as just another member of their group (tribalism)".

Jacob Henderson wrote: "Did any of you even read the Google Memo?".

Damore said he would fight the dismissal, noting that he had filed a complaint with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board before the firing.