James Damore, the Google software engineer who authored a 10-page anti-diversity manifesto, has been fired. This act of Google has received a widespread attention from several media outlets. While some people have sided with James, and stated that his views are his Right to Free Speech and he shouldn’t have been fired, while the rest have sided with Google. The document, which went viral within the company, argues that Google should halt its diversity campaigns and pursue a path of “ideological diversity.”
The memo written by James Damore has caused a media storm over the weekend. Damore aregued that biological differences between men and women are the cause of the gender gap at Google and the broader tech industry. A statement from Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday evening, notes that “portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”
Damore had worked as a senior software engineer at the Mountain View office since December 2013, according to his LinkedIn. His screed, titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” went internally viral.
In the memo, which is the personal opinion of a male Google employee and is titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” the author argues that women are underrepresented in tech not because they face bias and discrimination in the workplace, but because of inherent psychological differences between men and women. “We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism,” he writes, going on to argue that Google’s educational programs for young women may be misguided.
Several people considered this incident as censorship and have condemned Google’s actions. With many tweeting that Google should be boycotted and they have already started looking out for alternatives. WikiLeaks has taken up the software engineer’s cause, claiming that the firing was censorship and offering to hire James Damore.
The post comes as Google battles a wage discrimination investigation by the US Department of Labor, which has found that Google routinely pays women less than men in comparable roles.
On August 9th, James Damore has filed a complaint with federal labor officials. James Damore filed the complaint against Google on August 7th, and the case page on the National Labor Relations Board website states that law firm Paul Hastings will represent Google. Damore’s name isn’t listed, but it has been confirmed by Business Insider. The only details available so far about the complaint is the allegation’s classification, which is stated as “Coercive Statements (Threats, Promises of Benefits, etc.)”
The issue is only growing further. While Damore shouldn’t have made such absolutely sexist remarks, some are unwilling to cast him in a negative light. You can read the controversial memo here.
link to memo : https://tst.fyi/dkpso