Google has fired an employee
who wrote an internal memo that ascribed
gender inequality in the technology
industry to biological differences.
James Damore, the engineer who wrote the
memo, confirmed his dismissal saying that
he had been fired for “perpetuating gender
stereotypes,” in an email to Reuters on
Monday.

Damore said he is exploring all possible
legal remedies.
Google said it could not talk about
individual employee cases.
“Distribution of preferences and abilities of
men and women differ in part due to
biological causes and that these differences
may explain why we don’t see equal
representation of women in tech and
leadership,” James wrote in an internal
company memo last week.
“Portions of the memo violate our Code of
Conduct and cross the line by advancing
harmful gender stereotypes in our
workplace,” Google Chief Executive Sundar
Pichai said in an internal email viewed by
Reuters on Monday.

The memo stoked a heated debate over
treatment of women in the male-dominated
Silicon Valley that has boiled for months
following sexual harassment scandals at
Uber Technologies Inc and several venture
capital firms.
Google’s vice president of diversity,
Danielle Brown, sent a memo in response to
the furor, saying the engineer’s essay
“advanced incorrect assumptions about
gender.”

(Reporting by Ishita Palli in Bengaluru and
David Ingram in San Francisco; Editing by
Gopakumar Warrier)


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