Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Google Fires Engineer who wrote anti-diversity memo

Google Fires Engineer who wrote anti-diversity memo

Ex-Google engineer James Damore says problems with the company's culture prompted him to write the memo on gender differences that ignited a social media firestorm and led to his dismissal.

The firing of James Damore, the author of the so-called "Google Manifesto", is highlighting the issue of exactly what you can and can't say in the workplace.

The manifesto was quickly embraced by some, particularly on the political right, branding him a fearless truth-teller. But it is really the biological differences between men and women that are responsible for the gender gap, he argued.

"Censorship is for losers", Assange wrote on Twitter.

Moreover, the conservatives expressing outrage over Damore's firing are arguably less upset about the notion of free speech being violated, and more outraged someone they strongly agree with got kicked to the curb.

While Americans enjoy citing their First Amendment right to freedom of speech, there are some boundaries in the workplace.

Damore also said, among other things, that Google's left-leaning atmosphere creates an environment where differing ideological opinions aren't welcome or tolerated. His title at Google was software engineer and he had worked at the company since December 2013, according to a profile on LinkedIn. A Harvard spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider Damore never completed his PhD but did receive a master's in biology.

Northwestern professor, Oxford staffer arrested in California for Chicago murder
An employee of Oxford University and a United States professor have been arrested over the murder of a man in Chicago on 27 July. POLICE in America say they have an "idea" where Swindon murder suspect Andrew Warren is hiding after a manhunt was launched.

Conrad Roy's Family Breaks Silence After Michelle Carter's Sentencing
In response to Roy expressing trepidation about killing himself, Carter sent him a series of texts appearing to encourage him. You just have to do it. "I ask of you to invoke leniency in your decision-making process for my loving child Michelle".

Pentagon Approves Use of Force Against Drones Over US Bases
The Pentagon said the new policy applies to 133 military facilities, presumably the same ones listed in April's announcement. Officials say the policy was a response to the surging popularity of drones.

A spokesman for the University of IL confirmed he has a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular and cellular biology from 2010. He could not immediately be reached on Tuesday. The memo also offered several suggestions for non-discriminatory ways that Google can reduce the gender gap. Moreover, the company is now being investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor over allegations it did not fairly pay female employees. Google is also in the midst of a Department of Labor investigation into whether it pays women less than men, while Uber's CEO recently lost his job amid accusations of widespread sexual harassment and discrimination. But as the value of top-notch programming became clear, it became a mostly male domain and the vast majority of programmers in the tech industry are now men.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai cut his vacation short in order to deal with fallout from the memo. Soon enough, Google's outraged employees leaked the document, unleashing the hashtag #GoogleManifesto. In addition, Damore said men have a "higher drive for status".

"He's walking dangerously between who he is personally and who he is professionally", Ledbetter said in an interview.

In other words, Damore would have to somehow prove he was sacked specifically for his NLRB complaint and not for the memo itself.

"We need to find a way to debate issues on which we might disagree-while doing so in line with our Code of Conduct", he wrote in a note to employees. "I'm advocating for quite the opposite: treat people as individuals, not as just another member of their group (tribalism)". Damore has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.

'There are always going to be differences in salary based on location, role and performance, but the process is blind to gender, ' he said.

Like this: