Google Fires Employee Who Wrote 'Anti-Diversity Manifesto'

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Damore was sacked for "perpetuating gender stereotypes", he told Bloomberg on Monday night.

In a note to employees, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the past week has been "a very hard time" for the company, as the memo had impacted Google employees who felt "judged based on their gender".

"We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism", reads the document, a copy of which was obtained by Gizmodo. Damore also claimed that "Men have a higher drive for status" and "Women, on average, have more neuroticism" which may contribute "to the lower number of women in high-stress jobs".

The document, which went viral after being shared on Google's internal message board, argued the under-representation of women in the technology sector is not simply due to bias or discrimination.

Damore's memo attacked the idea that gender diversity should be a goal. The author had a right to express their views on those topics-we encourage an environment in which people can do this and it remains our policy to not take action against anyone for prompting these discussions.

After the memo circulated internally on Friday, Google employees sent it to media and the story caught fire in USA media over the weekend. And on Monday, CEO Sundar Pichai emailed the company's staff blasted portions of the memo for "advancing harmful gender stereotypes" in the workplace.




And yet, the values being espoused by the Google leadership in the heat of the spotlight can not gloss over a problem that remains deeply set in the company's culture.

Since the memo controversy hit, senior figures at Google have repeatedly expressed the company's commitment to gender equality and diversity.

Google, the world's largest search engine and a unit of Alphabet Inc., recently hired a new vice president of diversity, integrity and governance, Danielle Brown.

A diversity report published by Google in June showed that approximately 69% of its complete workforce was male and over 56% white. Brown said that Google remained committed to diversity in the workplace.

Despite losing his job at Google, Damore has been offered a job at Gab, a Twitter competitor for free speech activists, and at WikiLeaks.

While Damore no longer has a job with Google, he may soon he employed again as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has spoken out in his favour and said that the company was "censoring" Damore and has even offered him a job at Wikileaks.

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