James Damore's firing offense: He circulated an internal memo arguing that the company's efforts to bring more women into tech jobs - where they're now outnumbered by men 4-to-1 - just might be futile given women's genetic makeup, which he deemed an imperfect fit for a hyper-competitive workplace.
The Google engineer who got fired for writing an anti-diversity memo won't be out of a job long if he so wishes. Throughout it Damore tries to rationalize the gender gap, and in the end calls Google to "de-moralize diversity" and "de-emphasize empathy" when looking at Google's biases. The memo, titled Google's Ideological Echo Chamber, argued that the gender gap was largely due to natural and biological differences between men and women rather than from discrimination, and how liberal bias clouds Google's thinking when it comes to diversity issues.
In his 3,000-word document, published within the company's internal discussion boards, Damore railed against what he called Google's "shaming culture", which he said has created a "silent, psychologically unsafe environment". Indeed, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the memo violated company policy by "advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace". Ultimately several Google executives stated that by penning his manifesto and sharing it among Google employees, he violated the company's code of conduct.
"Can we go back to the time when Silicon Valley [was] about nerds and geeks, that's why I applied [to] Google and came to the US". Pichai acknowledged that the memo had impacted employees some of whom he said are hurting because they feel their being judged based only on gender. Instead, he said, women's biology and personality traits make them less likely to succeed.
Pichai, in a memo to Googlers, addressed Damore's allegation about dissenters being silenced.
Google's just-hired head of diversity, Danielle Brown, responded with her own memo, saying that Google is "unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success". He told Bloomberg he is "currently exploring all possible legal remedies". Damore wrote that the firm's well-known gender disparity was a result of biological differences between men and women, as opposed to discrimination. Despite those conflicting conditions, Google swiftly chose to fire Darmore.
"Censorship is for losers", Assange wrote.
Rick Rossein, a professor at City University of New York's School of Law, said that Damore would have a very hard time winning a case against the company.