Saturday, 19 August, 2017

Google fires employee at centre of gender gap memo storm

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Heather Davidson | 09 August, 2017, 00:27

Damore's memo has been criticised by many, including Google's CEO Sunder Pichai who denounced the memo and said that the memo had crossed "the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".

US technology giant Google has fired a male engineer who wrote a memo questioning the need for gender diversity programs in the industry.

The writer also said men have a "higher drive for status" than women and that the company's diversity programs are merely political actions.

The memo was obtained in full by by Gizmodo and can be found here.

Many companies in the United States have come under fire for not providing the same opportunities to women as men. When the memo leaked to the public, Google came under fire for the clear regressive opinions relating to diversity within the company.

(Web Desk) - James Damore, the man claimed by U.S. media reports as being responsible for writing an anti-diversity memo at Google, was recently fired by the search engine giant. Not only the company has fired Damore, but Pichai also noted in his memo that the conduct of the Google employee was a violation of code of conduct.

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Google Diversity, Integrity, and Governance VP Danielle Brown had responded to the memo in a company email on "Affirming our commitment to diversity and inclusion - and healthy debate".

Google refused to comment on the situation of the said employee but did not deny reports that he had been fired.

Titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber", the memo argued Google's diversity policies were rooted in an "extreme" philosophy that believes "all disparities in representation are due to oppression". The email, the existence of which was reported earlier today by Recode, stated that Damore had violated the company's code of conduct. 69 percent of Google's staff is male.

Brown wrote that we remain unequivocal in the belief diversity and inclusion remains critical to the company's success, and we will continue standing for that, and have a commitment to it over the long haul.

As well as raising issues with discrimination in the workplace, the row at Google has sparked conversations about the limits of free speech in the working environment.

Damore's firing will doubtlessly add more fuel to what has turned into an explosive topic.

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