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Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Google fires author of memo on gender differences

Google fires author of memo on gender differences

Danielle Brown, Google's recently hired head of diversity, responded to the document in an internal memo. The memo went viral after being leaked to the press on August 5. It comes amid long list of incidents about sexual harassment and diversity in the tech and gaming industries.

Google condemned an engineer's anonymous manifesto blasting women as ineffective tech workers, citing biological differences. Damore's memo attacked the idea that gender diversity should be a goal.

According to the report in Motherboard, the personal opinion of this one Google engineer is for the most part angering Google employees. That wasn't necessarily controversial.

Following the release of a controversial manifesto written by a Google employee, CEO Sundar Pichai said that the "very hard few days" had forced him to end his family vacation.

A Google employee has caused a storm both within and outside the company with his views that the lack of women in high ranking tech jobs was due to biological differences between men and women.

In response to the memo, the company's vice president of diversity, integrity and governance offered a memo of her own.

According to a diversity report earlier this year, almost 70 percent of Google's workforce are men. Brown said that Google remained committed to diversity in the workplace.

Google is also under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor for extreme pay disparities between men and women, The Guardian reported. Google has denied those charges.

The memo has been sent by an unnamed engineer and two Google executives have criticized it by now.

"We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism", he wrote.

"If we can't have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem".

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. He emphasised the importance of free speech and said that "much of what was in that memo is fair to debate, regardless of whether a vast majority of Googlers disagree with it". Some vocal figures on the right were quick to express their disgust with Damore's firing, decrying it as censorship and liberal groupthink.

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