Google fires employee for writing anti-diversity memo to colleagues

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A rant about diversity was shared by a Google engineer

The email from Pichai did not say whether Damore would be fired for writing it.

"To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK", he wrote hinting that the employee may have been fired.

The engineer wrote that everyone needed to stop the assumption that gender gaps imply the existence of sexism.

Google's unnamed employee, who expressed his opinions also outlined that women "generally prefer jobs in social or artistic areas" whilst "more men like coding".

The document, which went viral after being shared on Google's internal message board, argued the under-representation of women in the technology sector is not simply due to bias or discrimination.

The author of the inflammatory memo, revealed publicly by Gizmodo at the weekend, has been identified as James Damore.

"Clearly there's a lot more to discuss as a group", he wrote. Brown too sent a memo to Google employees, which said: "We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company", Brown said in the statement. While there are 20 percent women in tech in Google in 2017 as compared to a mere 17 percent in 2014, only one in four women hold leadership roles.

Following the release of a controversial manifesto written by a Google employee, CEO Sundar Pichai said that the "very hard few days" had forced him to end his family vacation.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has since criticised Damore's comments, stating they contradict the "basic values" of the company, as well as its code of conduct.

In response to the memo, the company's vice president of diversity, integrity and governance offered a memo of her own. The email, the existence of which was reported earlier today by Recode, stated that Damore had violated the company's code of conduct. Brown said that Google remained committed to diversity in the workplace.

"Google has taken a strong stand on this issue, by releasing its demographic data and creating a company-wide OKR on diversity and inclusion".

All this comes at the time when Google is facing a lawsuit in USA court for following a male-driven and gender-biased work culture.

Now some 69 percent of Google's employees are men, according to the company's latest figures, a proportion that rises to 80 percent when it comes to technology jobs.

Damore's firing will doubtlessly add more fuel to what has turned into an explosive topic.

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