Google fires employee behind anti-diversity memo

10 August, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
  • The ten page document created by a senior software engineer asks for a reform of Google's current policies and encourages a move towards'ideological diversity instead

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.

"I would caution anybody who thinks it's much better in Canada".

"So to be clear again, many points raised in the memo - such as the portions criticising Google's trainings, questioning the role of ideology in the workplace, and debating whether programmes for women and underserved groups are sufficiently open to all - are important topics".

Pichai said parts of the 3,300-word manifesto crossed the line by "advancing harmful gender stereotypes" in the workplace.

Growing up in the 1990s, a decade that saw a great leap forward in political correctness, you heard this expression a lot: "You can't say anything anymore".

"I once again felt that pain, and empathized with the pain it must have caused others". "We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company, and we'll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul", she wrote.

Another law professor, who agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity because he had worked for Silicon Valley companies, described the case as hard but not impossible.

Charles Clymer added: "Imagine having a six figure salary w/ insane good benefits @Google and writing a 10 page memo on why diversity bothers you".

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She added, "He was sacked not merely because of his opinions, but because he misused company resources".

He wrote that women may lag behind men in tech in top positions because women are less assertive and more neurotic, making them less likely to get leadership roles and "high stress jobs".

Even so, sometimes employers and employees just aren't the right fit. That's because the entire episode has proved a PR nightmare for Google-first as a result of the memo, which led many to accuse Google of institutional sexism, and then as a result of the company's decision to fire Damore, which others decried as an assault on free speech.

Simply put, there's strong evidence Google has a diversity problem. Further, he said that he received more messages of support than of criticism.

Speaking on this year's International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities said:Throughout history, women have made significant contributions to science - without the likes of Marie Curie, Jane Goodall or Rosalind Franklin, the scientific world would be very different. "And specifically what we were able to do this year is help really narrow the gap in female representation".

Wojcicki also directly addressed the engineer's dismissal. The NLRB guarantees workers the right to engage in "concerted activities" for "mutual aid or protection," according to CNBC.

But, despite what the spokesperson said, there is a one in 100 million chance that the discrimination is occurring randomly or by chance, Janice Madden, a University of Pennsylvania professor of sociology said. Feinberg is working on a class-action suit on the behalf of the company's female employees.

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