Google Fires Diversity Memo Author as CEO Slams Message

Google Fires Diversity Memo Author as CEO Slams Message

"Google's firing of James Damore is the flashpoint here", he said.

Google's diversity and inclusion program is a major priority at the company, employees say, with managers tasked with hiring more minorities and women, or at least showing efforts to do so.

A controversial anti-diversity memo written by a now-fired Google employee isn't just sending shockwaves across the search giant's Silicon Valley campus - it's setting off alarms in the U.S. Congress, too.

According to a report in The Guardian on Tuesday, civil rights attorney James Finberg is working on bringing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the female employees who believe they have earned less than men at Google despite equal qualifications and comparable positions. At Alphabet, which has almost 76,000 employees, Mr. Damore's firing has posed a test for how employees' views compare with their co-workers', inflaming feelings still raw from the divisive presidential election, employees said.




The renewed criticism from Capitol Hill comes as Google CEO Sundar Pichai prepares to address the company's 60,000 employees at an all-hands meeting later this afternoon.

Brande Stellings, senior vice president of advisory services for Catalyst, a nonprofit advocacy group for women in the workplace, said the engineer's viewpoints show "how ingrained, entrenched and harmful gender-based stereotypes truly are".

Damore added that he didn't think "female engineers are in any way worse than the average male engineer" and he merely wrote his document as a protest at Google's perceived left-wing bias. The note spoke on the notion that women are less interested in high-stress jobs because they are more anxious and even looked to rationalize the gender gap in the tech industry. Black or Hispanic workers: only about six percent in the U.S. Damore, who has since been fired, has also said that he was considering suing Google. Google said in June that 69% of its staff were men, 56% were white and 35% were Asian. Damore's memo and his firing have quickly become flashpoints in the culture wars with right-leaning writers and websites embracing Damore's stand against "political correctness" and those on the left decrying his "sexist" arguments. She said change is hard and "often uncomfortable".

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