Google fires author of anti-diversity memo

Engineer James Damore was let go for “perpetuating gender stereotypes”.

Google has fired the employee who authored a ten-page memo criticising the tech giant’s diversity policies.

Bloomberg named James Damore, an engineer, as the man behind the divisive screed.

In the document, Damore argued that the shortage of women within the company and the overall tech industry was due to “biological differences”. Damore also called for greater support within the company for those who espouse the ideals of conservative US politics.

Earlier in the week, Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, circulated his own statement to employees condemning Damore’s note as “[violating] our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace”.

Likewise, the company’s recently appointed vice-president for diversity, Danielle Brown, was quick to distance Google from Damore’s opinions.

“We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company,” she wrote in an internal memo. “We’ll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul.”

This recent incident comes as Google fights off accusations from the US government alleging systemic discrimination against women at the company.

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