Google Fires Author Of Divisive Memo On Gender Differences


Alphabet Inc.’s Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies, creating a firestorm across Silicon Valley.

James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote the note, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying that he had been fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” A Google representative didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

Earlier on Monday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent a note to employees that said portions of the memo “violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.” But he didn’t say if the company was taking action against the employee.

Damore’s 10-page memorandum accused Google of silencing conservative political opinions and argued that biological differences play a role in the shortage of women in tech and leadership positions. It circulated widely inside the company and became public over the weekend, causing a furor that amplified the pressure on Google executives to take a more definitive stand.

Still, some right-wing websites had already lionized the memo’s author, and firing him could be seen as confirming some of the claims in the memo itself – that the company’s culture makes no room for dissenting political opinions. That outcome could galvanize any backlash against Alphabet’s efforts to make its workforce more diverse.

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  1. But if someone fires an employee because they come dressed not tzniusdik, or because they openly present LGBT ideas, they can be sued. So the only freedom of speech we have in this country is that which violates religious values but not that which supports them.

  2. Sick world out there. The intolerant liberals have no scientific proof to their nonsense that men are women are equal and there’s no biological differences. Any person passing their “Code of Conduct” is no doubt mentally retarded.

  3. Everybody knows that that there is no biological difference between men and women. They are the same height, have equal physical strength, equal talents, same intuition, same interests, same emotions ,same facial hair, enjoy the same types of conversations, and neither is generally better than the other at anything whatsoever. Anyone who tries to deny these obvious truths is a bigot and should be silenced and punished. Freedom of speech can’t go so far as to allow such blatant discriminatory lies.


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