Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Damore: I was sacked because of 'ideological echo chamber' at Google

Damore: I was sacked because of 'ideological echo chamber' at Google

"Looking at who works for Google", Yiannopoulos wrote on Facebook. The attorney went on and publicly stated that he interviewed over half of the women who are being affected by Google's wage disparities and said that their allegations will be recognized in court.

He was sacked on Monday, and the situation quickly escalated.

When former Google software engineer #James Damore's memo led to his termination and cast attention on the issues he raised, it created an uproar among female movers and shakers in business, academe and the tech industry. It seems that Google employees started to get harassed online after the incident involving James Damore.

Much of the op-ed focuses on Damore's claim that he was the victim of a corporate "shaming".

Google is "a particularly intense echo chamber", he wrote. For many, including myself, working at Google is a major part of their identity, nearly like a cult with its own leaders and saints, all believed to righteously uphold the sacred motto of "Don't be evil". "Google had to solve the problem caused by my supposedly sexist, anti-diversity manifesto". It has become an all-out culture war outside the company, as well, putting Google and its employees in the crosshairs.

Damore said that he was largely ignored when the memo was circulating within the company, but when it went viral, those who disagreed with the content sent angry emails to the human resources department demanding that he be censored and punished. In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal called "Why I was sacked by Google", he slammed the company for its attempt to "silence open and honest discussion". It isn't certain this actually is Damore, but there are two signs of the account's veracity: the pictures themselves, and the fact that Duke tagged @Fired4Truth on his own Twitter account with the caption: "Not all heroes wear capes".

For its part, Google must now grapple with possible lawsuits; a fired employee who's fast becoming a public figure; an ongoing debate over the limits of free speech; a surge of employees leaking information; and a struggle to protect employees as it becomes the latest villain for the alt-right.

Google declined to comment on the planned protest.

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