Google Fires Employee For 'Perpetuating Gender Stereotypes'

CEO Sundar Pichai said James Damore crossed the line by pushing gender stereotypes in last week's internal memo. Image TheUSBPort

CEO Sundar Pichai said James Damore crossed the line by pushing gender stereotypes in last week's internal memo. Image TheUSBPort

Then Damore was sacked - according to media reports and his own email to the far-right news website Breitbart - which sparked a new backlash from those claiming Google was stifling free speech.

"Differences in distribution of traits between men and women may in part explain why we don't have 50 per cent representation of women in tech and leadership". The post went to the extent of saying that women in the same position as men were paid less not due to any bias but because of inherent psychological differences between the genders.

Now, more than 60 current and former Google employees are in conversations to bring a class action lawsuit against the tech giant, alleging sexism and a gender pay gap against women, The Guardian reported.

Back in April, the US Department of Labor claimed it had evidence of "systemic compensation disparities" between men and women working at Google. With the decision the company did make, it has caused heavy criticism from those pleasant alt-right folk.

We live in a world where people aren't always willing to hear the opinions of others, something that many have pointed is a major problem with the internet and social media.

It also recently hired a vice president for diversity. She had earlier suggested Google was open to hosting "difficult political views", including those in the memo.

The past few days have been very hard for many at the company, and we need to find a way to debate issues on which we might disagree - while doing so in line with our Code of Conduct.

Debate over the treatment of women in the male-dominated tech industry has raged for months. The company has denied the charges.

Since the firing, the debate has raged on with questions of stereotyping, standing up, and censorship.

The fresh controversy comes with Silicon Valley struggling in the face of accusations of rampant sexual harassment and discrimination affecting startups like Uber and venture capital firms investing in the sector. "I thought about the women at Google who are now facing a very public discussion about their abilities, sparked by one of their own co-workers...", Wojcicki wrote. While the site does not list Damore's name alongside the complaint, it lists the Paul Hastings LLP as the law firm representing Google.

You can read the full memo here. "Every day, companies take action against employees who make unlawful statements about co-workers, or create hostile work environments".

Who is James Damore and has he apologised?

If Google is going to fire Damore for "advancing harmful gender stereotypes", shouldn't it fire those women, as well? He told Bloomberg he is "currently exploring all possible legal remedies". That's a bit odd, given that within the memo itself Damore claims, variously, "I value diversity", "I strongly believe in...diversity", "I'm not saying diversity is bad", and so on. Even calling the memo anti-diversity, as so many of us have done, may be a stretch.

He has since claimed that his sacking was illegal. Before writing the document, he issued a complaint for the National Labor Relations Board, where he said the company shamed him to silence his dissatisfaction.

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