August 8, 2017
Google Fires Author Of “Outrageous” Memo Slamming Company’s Anti-Conservative Culture
Yesterday we reported that a 10-page document penned by an unnamed Google engineer titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” which criticized the company’s “left-leaning”, “anti-conservative” culture and called for replacing Google’s diversity initiatives with policies that encourage “ideological diversity” instead, led to angry outrage among fellow Google employees and Silicon Valley liberals. The document, published in its entirety by Gizmodo, quickly went “viral” both inside the company and within the broader Silicon Valley community.
The document’s author also wrote that employees with conservative political beliefs are discriminated against at Google and lamented about how “leftist” ideology is harmful. It argued that the company should have a more “open” culture where its viewpoint would be welcomed. The document said that improving racial and gender diversity is less important than making sure conservatives feel comfortable expressing themselves at work.
And, as of moments ago, the author of the memo – whose name has since been revealed as James Damore – has been fired.
According to Bloomberg, “Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies, creating a firestorm across Silicon Valley.”
James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote the note, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying that he had been fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” A Google representative didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai sent a note to employees on Monday, first reported by ReCode, that said portions of the employee’s memo “violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.” He did not, however, say at the time if the company was taking action against the employee.
As we explained yesterday, Damore’s 10-page memo accused Google of silencing conservative political opinions and argued that biological differences play a role in the shortage of women in tech and leadership positions.