After a contentious memo by a Google employee about diversity programs at the company and gender differences went viral over the weekend, starting aflammable reaction on social media. Google has fired the employee who penned a controversial memo on women and tech.
A source confirmed the firing, but a Google spokesperson declined to discuss on personnel matters.
In a memo to employees, Google’s Chief executive, Sundar Pichai, said the employee who penned a controversial memo claimed that women had biological issues that stop them from being as successful as men in tech had violated the company’s codeof conduct, and the post had crossed “the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.
He added: “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK.”
In the memo, called “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” the engineer claimed that the company’shigher authority needs to be more open-minded of conventional viewpoints amongst its employees. In this memo, Pichai agreed with that particular point, and says that the company could be more comprehensiveof different prospects.
James Damore, the software engineer who wrote the original memo, confirmed in an email to the New York Times that he had been fired.
“I have a legal right to express my concerns about the terms and conditions of my working environment and to bring up potentially illegal behavior, which is what my document does,” Mr. Damore said.
Google’s vice president of diversity, Danielle Brown, sent a memo in response to the fuss over the weekend, saying the engineer’s essay “advanced incorrect assumptions about gender”.