Google 'Almost Like a Cult', Says Engineer Fired Over Diversity Memo

Cesar Mills
August 13, 2017

James Damore was sacked after his 10-page document, which expressed that women were inferior to men when it comes to writing software, was made public. "We should recognize that some women are different than men in these ways", Damore said.

While some individuals surmised the memo may have sprung from Damore's resentment toward Google's diversity initiatives, others welcomed it.

"Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and anxious they may be "outed" publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall", Pichai told employees, explaining his decision to cancel the all-hands meeting.

Memegen, an internal forum that uses images overlaid with amusing captions, was filled with irreverent posts that openly mocked how an email discussing the memo from Sundar Pichai, Google's chief executive, had leaked to the media so quickly. And there's no sign of it letting up anytime soon.

Google has always operated an open policy that even allowed employees to question some of the policies of employees within the company.

Google chief Sundar Pichai said Dimore "crossd the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in Google's workplace".

Narrating the accounts of the female workers, the report quoted a former senior manager who recently left Google, as saying that she repeatedly learned of men at the same level as her earning tens of thousands of dollars more than her, and in one case, she said she had a male employee join her team with a higher salary despite the fact that she was his superior.

Ads criticizing Google over firing James Damore have been plastered on benches and bus stops near the company's office in Venice.

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Someone with access to an employee-only version of Google Plus made screenshots of messages written by Google employees pledging to create blacklists of colleagues not supportive of the company's diversity measures. "It all makes sense now".

Damore has been on a media tour, giving interviews to Bloomberg and conservative YouTube host Stefan Molyneux.

Damore has also filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board and has expressed interest in taking legal action against Google.

Up until June 2016, Google had complied with all of OFCCP's information requests, producing over 1 million data points and approximately 740,000 pages.

Google declined to comment on the planned protest.

His memo has ignited a fierce debate about the company's culture.

"We are going to raise awareness about Google's one-sided bias and campaign against dissenting opinions and voices", activist and protest march organizer Jack Posobiec, a self-identified member of the "new right" that seeks to distance itself from the white-power politics of the alt-right, told this news organization via Twitter.

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