Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Male Engineer Fired by Google over a Viral Memo Saying Women Are ‘Biologically’ Less Likely to Succeed in Tech

Emily Crane and Jennifer Smith, Daily Mail, August 8, 2017 27 Comments

The male Google employee who was fired after penning a controversial 10-page internal memo claiming that women were ‘biologically’ less likely to succeed in the realm of technology is now exploring legal options.  Software engineer James Damore was terminated by the company on Monday for violating the company’s code of conduct.  In a statement, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said: ‘portions of the memo violate our code of conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.’  Pichai said he was cutting his family vacation short in order to return to Google headquarters and deal with the aftermath of Damore’s essay on gender.
 
He claimed Google didn’t tolerate dissenting views; the company proved him right............Damore explained his belief that the company is blind to inevitable differences between men and women and says that staff are trained to think a that lack of diversity is down to discrimination when sometimes there are other factors to consider.  ‘At Google, we’re regularly told that implicit (unconscious) and explicit biases are holding women back in tech and leadership,’.......  ‘Of course, men and women experience bias, tech, and the workplace differently and we should be cognizant of this, but it’s far from the whole story.   ‘On average, men and women biologically differ in many ways.’.............

[Editor’s Note: Several scientists have noted the scientific validity of the Google Memo.]

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