Fired Google Employee James Damore Podcast Interview: In His Own Words

  • Fired Google Employee James Damore Podcast Interview: In His Own Words

Fired Google Employee James Damore Podcast Interview: In His Own Words

Two years into his tenure in the top post and after 13 years of service at Google, Pichai must calm and unite a workforce divided over the firing of former engineer James Damore.

He also said that the employees who had supported him have also been contacted by Google's Human Resources - a claim Google has denied.

Despite the cancellation of the town hall on Thursday, Pichai told employees he still plans to hear their concerns about the company.

What will perhaps add even more fire to the flames is that Damore has now spoken out for the first time since his firing - and has stood by the memo, saying he feels betrayed by Google.

The Google engineer, James Damore, confirming his dismissal to Reuters and that he's exploring legal measures in response. Pichai said in an email to the staff that several employees had expressed concern about being harassed online after their names and questions were published on some websites.

Right-wing firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos shared a list of politically active Google employees, some of whom publicly condemned Damore and the memo.

He concluded: "The past few days have been very hard for many at the company, and we need to find a way to debate issues on which we might disagree - while doing so in line with our Code of Conduct". We'll share details soon.

In an interview with The Verge, one Google employee said of the internal leak and colleagues at Google: "What really gets me is that when Googlers leaked these screenshots, they knew this was the element of the Internet they were leaking it to".

Pichai said in the email that while the majority of Googlers were supportive of the decision, some wished the company would do more.

"But while people may have a right to express their beliefs in public, that does not mean companies can not take action when women are subjected to comments that perpetuate negative stereotypes about them based on their gender", wrote Ms. Wojcicki, one of the most powerful women at Google. And some are anxious that you can not speak out at work freely.

In the meantime, let's not forget what unites us as a company - our desire to build great products for everyone that make a big difference in their lives. We can, and will continue, to come together to do the very best for the people we serve.