Google Fires Diversity Memo Author; CEO Pichai Says Views 'Crossed the Line'

The memo caused controversy, with a number of employees airing grievances with what was said by an unnamed software engineer.

A Google employee has been fired after circulating an inflammatory internal memo that argued women are biologically less likely to succeed in tech and leadership positions.

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Close to 70 per cent of Google's total staff is male, while men make up 80 per cent of its technical workforce.

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai has been forced to cut short his summer holiday in order to address employees directly as he seeks to defuse a "difficult" diversity row which has engulfed his company since the weekend. Google claimed that having a gender pay gap within the company does not equate to discrimination, pointing to its own internal analysis according to the report. And since he's been fired, I guess he had a point there. For a long time, I dealt with it and just kept them inside, " they said.

Leading tech companies, including Google, Facebook and Uber, have said they are trying to improve hiring and working conditions for women. Non-tech roles are the most balanced, with women filling 48 per cent of roles, but 75 per cent of leadership roles are staffed by men.

"The past few days have been very difficult for many at the company, and we need to find a way to debate issues on which we might disagree", he wrote.

Now, Bloomberg and Reuters report the memo was written by James Damore and Google has fired him for "perpetuating gender stereotypes". As with anything provocative (and tech-related), social media is aflame with differing opinions on whether or not circulating a memo disparaging the core values of your company is a fireable offense. At least one employee reportedly threatened to quit her job if the human resources department didn't take action. Declining subscriber numbers and lower ad revenue led to some layoffs in 2016. What liberals view as wrong-think is actual diversity.

"It's illegal to retaliate against an NLRB charge", he said. Liberals only want the diversity they can see, and activity stamps out the diversity of the mind.

Danielle Brown, Google's new vice president of diversity and inclusion, responded to the document in a memo to employees, which was obtained by Motherboard. Google denies that it does. The identity of the engineer who wrote the 3,000-word document was not revealed. "Changing a culture is hard, and it's often uncomfortable", she wrote. "It's not a viewpoint this company endorse, promotes or encourages".

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