Google repeatedly shuts down questions on sexism-and that's a problem

Geneva Matthews
August 10, 2017

Around 60 of Google's present and former female employees are reportedly preparing to sue the tech giant over the company's gender pay gap, The Guardian reports. Damore used the "manifesto" to argue the company is intolerant of conservative political views.

"Witch hunts are a well-known cultural problem at Google", one employee identified only as "Hal" said.

Damore had stayed largely silent since the weekend, only confirming to a few news outlets including Bloomberg why he believed he was sacked and that he was now exploring legal remedies.

The board declined to comment. Primarily, Damore contended women don't handle stress or work-related anxiety as well as men.

"If he could prove he was sacked at least in part for filing a charge, he could prevail", said Rossein, nothing that whether Damore actually has a claim under the NLRA is unclear. But he takes issue with Google's approach, which he sees as overly political and alienating to "non-progressives".

Danielle Brown, Google's new vice president for diversity, integrity and governance, said the memo "advanced incorrect assumptions about gender" and promotes a viewpoint not encouraged by the company. "This silence removes any checks against encroaching extremist and authoritarian policies".

Damore stated that women tend to be more interested in people rather than things, "empathizing vs. systemizing", whereas men have a higher drive for status and so tend to end up in leadership positions.

James Finberg, the civil rights attorney working on the possible legal action, has said the women he has spoken to have made clear of the pay disparities faced within the company.

In a 10-page memo, James Damore wrote that sexism isn't primarily to blame for gender gaps in the technology sector.

The engineer, James Damore, was later fired, and Google CEO Sundar Picjhai said in a letter to staff that "to suggest a group of our colleagues are unfit to do the job due to their chromosomes, you're telling colleagues "I don't think you're good enough".

Our job is to build great products for users that make a difference in their lives.

"To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK", Pichai said in his email to employees.

A source inside the company told CNNMoney that when an employee violates the company's code of conduct, it often results in firing.

Since publishing the memo, Damore has received support for his view from some quarters including Brietbart News and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange who used his Twitter account to offer the fired engineer a job.

But others - mainly right-wing groups - agreed with his description of a "politically correct monoculture" and in particular, saw Google's decision to fire him for voicing an unpopular opinion as proving exactly his point.

A regard of Damore's Linkedln profile notes the ousted engineer first coming on board for Google as an intern from May, 2013 to August 2013 before getting a full time start in December. For most of its history, Google has prided itself on being a haven a for free speech and open debate among employees.

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