SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY >Google CEO slams memo on gender as employee reportedly fired

According to an op-ed titled "Why I was sacked by Google" in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday, James Damore, who was sacked for writing a 10-page anti-diversity memo, said: "Google is a particularly intense echo chamber because it is in the middle of Silicon Valley and is so life-encompassing as a place to work". "We should recognize that some women are different than men in these ways", Damore said. However, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent a memo to employees August 10 canceling the meeting after questions to be asked at the gathering were posted online. The WikiLeaks founder and chief tweeted, "Censorship is for losers", before adding that there was a job for fired Google software engineer James Damore at his whistleblowing organization.

It's very hard to foster a company environment that causes employees to want to "come together to do the very best for the people we serve" when you start favoring some applicants or employees over others, not because of their abilities or work product but because of their race or gender. While numerous female professionals criticized Damore's sweeping generalizations about women, others saw the upside - how it started a dialogue and cast attention on biases hurled at female workers.

James Damore himself has posted countless articles backing him up and has even invited people, through a Twitter page (describing him as fired for "telling the truth") to dispute his claims in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) forum.

You can read the whole thing here.

"I want you to know there's a place for you in this industry". Having these views challenged can be painful, so we tend to avoid people with differing values and to associate with those who share our values.

I reject the notion that the government should step in to punish Google for its foolish debacle.

Pichai earlier said parts of the 3,300-word manifesto crossed the line by "advancing harmful gender stereotypes" in the workplace.

My 10-page document set out what I considered a reasoned, well-researched, good-faith argument, but as I wrote, the viewpoint I was putting forward is generally suppressed at Google because of the company's "ideological echo chamber". In a recent Blind survey, majority of the employees from these firms voted against Google's decision to fire Damore. But Damore isn't qualified to discuss them in a scientific context.

Vanessa Coleman

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