Google fires engineer for highlighting gender gap issue and violating code of conduct


James Damore’s memo resulted in his ouster.

Google, the search engine giant, has fired James Damore, the male engineer who wrote a memo highlighting the biological reasons behind gender inequality at the workplace.

Sunder Pichai, CEO of Google told his employees that the memo written by the engineer violated the code of conduct and crossed the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes at Google. 

Damore’s memo said “Google’s left bias has created a politically correct monoculture” which prevents honest discussion of diversity. It also said that “The distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and … these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership”.

It is a fact that the representation of women in the top management and engineering positions is very low in most of the tech firms. These companies are making efforts to include more women in the upper echelons of the company, to be more diverse and inclusive.

Also, the cases of sexual harassment of female employees in the male-dominated tech companies has sparked a row of discussions, which saw some firms facing legal action.

Google is also being investigated by the US Department of Labour, for paying women employees less than the men staff, though the company has denied the allegations.

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