Fired engineer: Google tried to shame me

Sundar Pichai Google CEO

The software engineer who was sacked from Google for circulating a good-faith argument about diversity published a column in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Aug. 10, likening the tech giant's workplace culture to a cult where free speech is stifled and violators are punished. In that regard, he's been wildly successful.

"An engineer fired for simply expressing an opinion that ran counter to Google's politically-charged atmosphere of an "Ideological Echo Chamber" as (Damore) put it".

In 2015 the U.S. Department of Labor launched a contract-compliance review of Google's employment practices related to diversity. It began last weekend after engineer James Damore circulated a memo that claimed biological gender differences helped explain why women are underrepresented at the company. But the alt-right has long held out Google and social media companies Facebook and Twitter as enemies of free expression, saying they promote a liberal agenda and censor conservative views.

Damore's op-ed follows interviews he gave earlier this week with Bloomberg News, as well as an independent broadcaster on YouTube. On Friday, he continued the blitz.

The "manifesto", as many have called it, listed multiple reasons why the author believed Google's efforts to increase the number of women in technical fields was unworkable, in part because he said women are more interested in people than ideas.

"How did Google, the company that hires the smartest people in the world, become so ideologically driven and intolerant of scientific debate and reasoned argument?" he wrote.

A number of employees sent emails to Pichai and told managers that they planned to skip the meeting because they were anxious that they would face online reprisals for speaking out.

Pichai's move to cancel the meeting was first reported by Recode.

"I want you know that that there's place for you in this industry, there's a place for you at Google". Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. "So it's really important that more women and girls have the opportunity to participate in technology, to learn how to code, create, and innovate", Pichai told the audience.

"Google is not alone in Silicon Valley", Finberg said.

In the aftermath of memo-gate, everyone's had an opinion.

Management at the largest tech firms, including Google, have publicly committed to diversifying their workforces, although the percentage of women in engineering and management roles remains low at many companies. She also said that she was regularly faced with sexist remarks, such as comments about her looks. Other posts, seen in screenshots of Memegen that were shared with The New York Times by a Google employee, questioned why Google seemed to be taking cues from outsiders. "We are at a moment when mobs on the left and the right ignore evidence and destroy scapegoats". A smaller percentage of you wish we would do more.

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