Last year, a Google engineer named James Damore triggered an entirely unnecessary and ultimately unproductive controversy after his internally published 10-page memo decrying “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” became a matter of public record. Damore, who more or less used the pretense of science to imply some of his coworkers may be unqualified diversity plants, was fired for creating a hostile work environment—though not before trying to earn himself some cred on in the right-wing media circuit.
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Loretta Lee, a software engineer who worked at Google for seven years before being fired in February 2016, is suing Google for sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination she says she experienced at the company. Lee says in her lawsuit that the company's "bro-culture" led to continuous harassment and that Google did nothing to intervene.
Last August, James Damore circulated a memo internally at Google in which he argued women were biologically less inclined to succeed in engineering roles at the company and that Google's diversity efforts were misguided. In doing so, he set off heated debate among his co-workers - debate that, according to current and former employees who spoke to Gizmodo, led Google to ramp up its moderation of internal conversations and crack down on employees who speak up about diversity.
Twitter shut down anonymous posts on an internal question-and-answer forum last year after an employee anonymously questioned Twitter's support of LGBTQ causes, according to four former and current Twitter employees who spoke with Gizmodo on the condition of anonymity. The decision came after the forum had also been used to question CEO Jack Dorsey's leadership and widespread layoffs at the company.
Google was reportedly scheduled to hold a company-wide town hall meeting today to address the controversy surrounding the anti-diversity manifesto that went viral within the company. That meeting has now been cancelled, Recode reports, because employees feared further online harassment after their names and Dory questions were leaked on alt-right sites online.
As reported yesterday by Recode, former Google engineer James A Damore filed a complaint against the search giant's parent company, Alphabet Inc., with the US National Labor Relations Board. Parts of that complaint have been given to Gizmodo through a Freedom of Information Act request and are available to read in full (excepting NLRB redactions) below.
Google fired software engineer James Damore yesterday after his 10-page anti-diversity screed went viral within the company. According to emails obtained by Gizmodo, and accounts from four individuals who attended a PhD program retreat with Damore, this is not the first time he offended his peers with sexist ideologies.
Google fired a software engineer yesterday in response to public outrage over the man's 10-page screed against women being represented proportionally in tech companies. But the firing has become a call-to-arms for alt-right voices on the internet who are crowdfunding money for the engineer, James Damore, and are now calling for a boycott of Google.
The Google software engineer who authored a 10-page anti-diversity manifesto may be fired, a memo CEO Sundar Pichai sent to employees suggests. Pichai's statement, obtained by Recode, notes that "portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".