Debunked Gender Myths In That Google Anti-Diversity Rant

  • Debunked Gender Myths In That Google Anti-Diversity Rant

Debunked Gender Myths In That Google Anti-Diversity Rant

On Sunday, Google employee had fired by the company who wrote an internal memo that criticised group diversity, and this went viral.

Wrote Damore in a 10-page internal company memo, titled, 'Google's Ideological Echo Chamber, ' last week, in part, "Distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don't see equal representation of women in tech and leadership". Parts of the right side of the political spectrum in the United States have already defended Mr. Damore's stances, supporting his polarizing memo that claimed women aren't as biologically suitable to be software engineers as men are, a notion that the vast majority of the company's employees labeled as sexist and generally discriminatory.

However, former Google employee Kelly Ellis, who told NPR on Monday that she thought Google should fire Damore, sent out tweets supporting the decision.

"Very sad about #JamesDamore being fired by @Google for basically popularising behavioural science".

Sundar Pichai, the Google CEO declared that the document had violated their Code of Conduct and advanced "harmful gender stereotypes" inside the company.

Google is also faring well in terms of social chatter online. Google has declined to comment.

In an email to The New York Times, Damore stated he is likely to pursue legal action.

Diversity activists had their eyes fixed on Google, who they claimed could only remedy the situation by firing Damore. Damore pointed out that the discrepancy may be partly the result of biological factors and fundamental differences between men and women. The dueling memos come as Silicon Valley grapples with accusations of sexism and discrimination and companies like Google, Facebook and Uber say they are trying to change.

"James Damore: Writes memo respectfully saying Google suppresses conservative views". Although tech companies have managed to fill a lot of jobs with Asian workers, Recode found that the numbers for black and Hispanic employees still lag far behind.

Yonatan Zunger, recently departed Google privacy engineer, wrote a blog post criticizing Damore, but, inadvertently, confirmed Damore's points-that Google culture is biased enough to respond to Damore's memo with misrepresentation, hostility, and even violence. "Including how we create a more inclusive environment for all".

Roger Kay, who heads the tech consultancy Endpoint Technologies Associates, said the Damore case is not about free speech, and that Google has a right to keep employees who support the company's values.

"I'm also not saying that we should restrict people to certain gender roles", Damore wrote in his memo.

Google has prided itself as an environment that encourages openness and diversity of opinions. "That's one of the reasons why employers have the prerogative to regulate speech".

"There's no free speech in the private sector workplace", said Katherine Stone, a labor- and employment-law professor at University of California, Los Angeles.