Google fires engineer who authored anti-diversity memo

Former U.S. CTO on Silicon Valley's Diversity Battle

Former U.S. CTO on Silicon Valley's Diversity Battle

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the employee had violated the company code of conduct by writing the memo and has hence been fired.

Roy Gutterman, a free speech authority at Syracuse University, noted that the traditional goal of anti-discrimination laws have been to protect historically disadvantaged groups, not white men.

Since Google was founded on principles like freedom of speech, diversity, inclusion and oriented to science, it is only right to disagree with such obtuse thinking. The First Amendment protects people from adverse actions by the government, but it does not generally apply to actions by private employers. By contrast, all that Google could muster in response were exhausted cliches of the "inclusive environment is core to who we are" variety. Google actually is in a more complicated position than other companies legally because Google has peer review. That includes being active on social media, though it's unclear if his memo, written on a Google Doc and submitted to an employee-only forum, qualifies for such protection.

"Pichai noted that Damore's memo violated the section of the Code of Conduct that expects and enforces "'each Googler to do their utmost to create a workplace culture that is free of harassment, intimidation, bias and unlawful discrimination'".

"M$3 any points raised in the memo-such as the portions criticizing Google's trainings, questioning the role of ideology in the workplace, and debating whether programs for women and underserved groups are sufficiently open to all - are important topics", he wrote. He also accuses Google of a left wing bias.

But some forms of employee speech are protected by the nation's labor laws.

California is an at-will work state, meaning that employers can terminate a worker for any reason, at any time, unless there is a contract or public policy that allows for an exception.

Geoffrey Miller, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of New Mexico, said Google had gone down in his estimation when it fired Mr Damore. Damore additionally told Bloomberg that he is "currently exploring all possible legal remedies".

Danielle Brown, Google's new Vice President of Diversity, Integrity and Governance, later issued a statement to Google employees in response to the viral memo.

And, on that note, Damore's assertion that women aren't in STEM because they're incapable is wrong, but frankly, the idea that women aren't in STEM because of active choices they're making is wrong, too.

The memo condemned the company's desire to increase diversity in the workforce. Damore did not respond to a message sent to his LinkedIn profile or a Harvard web page with the same name.

Assange, praised by some for exposing government secrets and castigated by others as a nation security threat, offered Damore a job.

"Censorship is for losers", Assange tweeted on Tuesday.

On Monday, Google fired the software engineer who penned the internal memo titled 'Google's Ideological Echo Chamber' last week. Many people called for his head on a platter, and Google delivered.

Tech firms have an abundance of "smart, confident people who think they have an obligation to share their wisdom with their coworkers", the executive said.

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