By James, Michael Igiri
U.S. technology giant Google has fired a male engineer who wrote a memo
questioning the need forpp gender diversity programs in the industry.
In a 3,000 page internal memo titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” James
Damore asserted that so few women were employed in the technology field because
they “prefer jobs in social and artistic areas,” while men are more inclined to become
computer programmers — a fact he said was due to “biological causes.”
The memo created a firestorm after it was leaked on social media, reviving the debate
over the lack of racial and gender diversity in the tech world. Google is under
investigation by the U.S. Labor Department over whether it pays women less than
men, while claims of sexual harassment at the ride-sharing firm Uber Technologies
has triggered a change in management.
Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive officer, blasted Damore’s memo in an email
for “advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”
Damore revealed he had been dismissed in an email sent to various news outlets. He
says he has filed a complaint with the federal National Labor Relations Board
accusing Google of trying to shame him into silence.