Google Fires Employee Behind Anti-Diversity Memo Featured

  08 August 2017

Reuters is reporting that Google has fired the male engineer who authored an internal memo asserting there are biological causes behind gender inequality in the tech industry. James Damore, the engineer who wrote the memo, confirmed his dismissal, saying in an email to Reuters on Monday that he had been fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes."

Damore is exploring all possible legal remedies, asserting that he submitted a charge to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) prior to his termination, and that Google upper management tried to shame him into silence. "It's illegal to retaliate against an NLRB charge," he wrote in the email. Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc based in Mountain View, Calif., said it could not talk about individual employee cases. Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told employees in a note on Monday that portions of the anti-diversity memo "violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace," according to a copy of the note seen by Reuters. Read more here.