According to a report in CNN Money, Pichai condemned portions of the controversial memo that argued that women are not “biologically fit” for tech roles. A person inside the company said Damore was no longer in an online directory that lists every Google employee on Tuesday. After a firestorm of criticism, Google fired the engineer.
In his essay, Mr Damore complained about Google’s “ideological echo chamber” and said he wanted to increase representation of women in tech without moving towards discrimination.
Employment lawyers mostly said Damore’s potential legal case over his firing was weak though, with some noting Google would have faced potential lawsuits if it had not acted against him.
A Google engineer who was sacked for a memo assailing the company’s diversity policies is considering legal action, but seemingly faces long odds of a successful case. In the past few hours every time I glance up at my Twitter feed there are several hundred new tweets flooding in that blast the company for confirming what we all knew: Google is the most radically leftist company in the world today. The most popular jobs for men are in technology and sciences fields but for women, they are in social services, medicine, and education.
The timing of the release of the memo titled “Google’s ideological echo chamber” particularly when the company is being investigated for wage imparity has also left many wondering if the two is related.
In addition to saying that women will always have these specific qualities that prevent them from advancing in their careers, he flat out writes, “We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism”.
A person at Google familiar with the matter said Damore’s dismissal could not have been retaliation for his NLRB complaint because the company only learned of the complaint after Damore was sacked.
Now many journalists, activists, and even politicians are arguing that he was unfairly punished for expressing his ideas, with some going so far as to say the employee was banished for “thought crimes”.
The engineer, James Damore, said he was sacked for “perpetuating gender stereotypes”.
Inequality in tech isn’t due to gender differences. He also held one of Google’s coveted intern positions the summer before.
“It takes a certain personality to stick your neck out like that – to write a memo and send it to the workforce”, said Hirsch. One outlet described him as “the only set of balls left” at the company, while another said he deserved a bonus for calling attention to the situation. Luckily, that’s not likely to take up too much of his time, as employees being required to follow a company’s anti-discrimination policy is in no way a violation of free speech. “People must feel free to express dissent”, he wrote.