Google VP denounces employee memo's views on female workers

James Damore, the software engineer who caused outrage after writing an internal memo that claimed women were "biologically" less likely to succeed at the company has been sacked.

According to BBC, Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai said that the controversial memo's author had been fired as he had broken the firm's code of conduct and crossed a line by "advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".

Pichai said that suggesting about someone that they're less biologically fit to work in the company is offensive and contrary to the company's Code of Conduct. When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions.

He also wrote: "Women generally have a harder time negotiating salary, asking for raises, speaking up, and leading", and that men have a higher drive for status.

The memo was obtained in full by by Gizmodo and can be found here.

Damore confirmed that he had been fired in an email to news agency Bloomberg, saying that Google gave "perpetuating gender stereotypes" as the reason for his dismissal. Like a Google employee, who has created quite a controversy after arguing that women are just unsuitable for tech jobs.

At the same time however Pichai was careful to couch this criticism by conceding that numerous issues raised by the engineer were valid; including sections critical of Google's training programmes, the role of ideology in the workplace, and questioning of whether programs directed at women and minorities are sufficiently open.

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In blog on the site Medium, former Google engineer Erica Baker said she was "disappointed but unsurprised".

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As expected, the points mentioned in the manifesto did not go down too well with a lot of Google employees.

Google is also being sued by the US Labor Department, which accuses the search giant of systematically paying its female employees less than it pays men.

The memo, which was shared company-wide, was seen by many as a criticism of Google diversity policies, though the author maintains that he was interested in the possibilities of positive discrimination through political correctness.

The most recent demographics report at Google showed that 69pc of staff are male, as is 80pc of its technical staff.

"We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company", Brown said in the statement.

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