Google sacks author of anti-diversity document and tells employees that he expressed wrong thoughts.
When Google sacks an employee for embarrassing the company, I am not too outraged because companies have to discourage employees from hurting their reputations. But Google claimed that the opinions this employee expressed perpetuated gender stereotypes.
In other words, Google is anti-science and anti-free-speech. They acknowledge that not many women, compared to men, go into tech field. But they assert the reason for that inequality is the patriarchy. It is forbidden to even contemplate that there might be a neurological reason for the difference.
Bloomberg reports, “Google Fires Author of Divisive Memo on Gender Differences.”
Alphabet Inc.’s Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies, creating a firestorm across Silicon Valley.
James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote the note, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying that he had been fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” A Google representative didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
The imbroglio at Google is the latest in a long string of incidents concerning gender bias and diversity in the tech enclave. Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick lost his job in June amid scandals over sexual harassment, discrimination and an aggressive culture. Ellen Pao’s gender-discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2015 also brought the issue to light, and more women are speaking up to say they’ve been sidelined in the male-dominated industry, especially in engineering roles.
Earlier on Monday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent a note to employees that said portions of the memo “violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.” But he didn’t say if the company was taking action against the employee.
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