Google Fire Software Engineer Over Offensive Memo

Sundar Pichai Google CEO

Sundar Pichai Google CEO

The memo went public and created a social media storm. In truth, Damore couldn't have been unaware of this.

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.

"There was no outcry or charge of misogyny".

That changed, he claimed, when "those most zealously committed to the diversity creed" wrote "angry emails" to Google's human resources department and Damore's managers.

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"I think to do that well we really need to have people internally who represent the world in totality". "We should recognize that some women are different than men in these ways", Damore said. Damore was sacked by Google on Monday, but this decision only escalated the situation. "For many, including myself, working at Google is a major part of their identity, nearly like a cult with its own leaders and saints, all believed to righteously uphold the sacred motto of 'Don't be evil, '" the op-ed read.

Damore focused on the idea of shame in his op-ed.

My 10-page document set out what I considered a reasoned, well-researched, good-faith argument, but as I wrote, the viewpoint I was putting forward is generally suppressed at Google because of the company's "ideological echo chamber".

Last year, a Google security official sent a companywide email imploring employees not to leak information. "Google had to solve the problem caused by my supposedly sexist, anti-diversity manifesto". Can we trust a company that expels Damore for offering a challenge to internal orthodoxy to handle external user heterodoxy fairly and equitably?

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The women's stories bolster the claims of United States labour department officials, who have said that a preliminary analysis found that women face "extreme" pay discrimination across the company and have recently raised concerns that Google's strict confidentiality agreements are discouraging employees from speaking up. In addition to the WSJ, he has given interviews to Bloomberg, spoken at length with two YouTube personalities popular with alt-right and right-wing audiences, Stefan Molyneux and Jordan B. Peterson, and he did a photoshoot with alt-right photographer Peter Duke.

Damore's Twitter account has nearly 60,000 followers despite starting days ago.

The Google engineer who was sacked after his critique of the company's diversity policy was made public compared his former workplace to a "cult".

The town hall was meant to hear out employee grievances over a flare-up that has consumed Google for much of the week.

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