A Google employee has been fired for writing a controversial memo about workplace diversity. Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai send an email to the employees that the controversial memo broke the firm’s code of conduct.
The memo shared broadly at the weekend, inferred there were some women at Google due to biological variations. Mr. Sundar Pichai said the text spread due to it “advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”
Entitled Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber, the paper claimed that
“the abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership.”
The Author James Damore wrote,
“We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism.”
Google has not confirmed who the employee is, but US media reports name him as James Damore. But he didn’t say if the company was taking action against the James Damore. By referring Sundar Pichai’s memo, a Google representative, asked about the dismissal.
He had not lowered women’s skills and would not be let go, but he made claims that many consider questionable, although others maintain that his myriad of claims is worthy.
The memo was quickly analyzed by Google’s head of diversity, Danielle Brown, but the author – whose identity has not been published by Google – later wrote that he had received “many personal messages from fellow Googlers showing their gratitude.”
Sarah Adams is a software engineer at Google and founder of Women Who Go, twitted about this controversy that a community for female coders, according to her LinkedIn profile.
In his note to staff sent, Mr. Sundar Pichai told about protecting free speech in Google’s ranks, and that
“Much of what was in that memo is fair to debate, regardless of whether a vast majority of Googlers disagree with it.”
“To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK.
It is antithetical to our basic values and our Code of Conduct, which expects ‘each Googler to do their utmost to create a workplace knowledge that is free of harassment, threatening, bias and unlawful discrimination.
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