On Tuesday, Google fired James Damore, a former engineer who published a 10-page internal memo criticizing women’s roles at the company and its biased left-leaning culture.
Damore published a manifesto titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber: How bias clouds our thinking about diversity and inclusion.” The document gained national attention when he accused the company of silencing conservative views and criticizing women who don’t have the same drive as men.
After his firing, Damore said that he will be exploring legal action to take against the company, arguing that Google retaliated against him for perpetuating gender stereotypes. According to Business Insider, he reportedly said that before his firing he submitted a charge to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board accusing Google’s upper management of trying to ‘shame him into silence.’
On Monday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent an e-mail to all of his employees responding to Damore’s article, stating that the accusations “violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”
In his 10-page manifesto, Damore argued that biological differences between males and females hold women back from tech and leadership roles at the company. He continued to say that women care more about people rather than things, and have a tougher time ‘speaking up’ and leading than men. He also argued that women have higher anxiety and lower stress tolerance.
After stating that women are unequal to men in the workplace, Damore also called for Google to stop alienating conservatives. He argued that conservatives shouldn’t be made to feel like a minority at the company, and by alienating conservatives, they limit their potential and create a hostile environment.
This is not the first time Google has made headlines for its hiring and workplace practices. In 2015, the Department of Labor filed a lawsuit alleging that the company discriminates against women and also systematically underpays them. According to Google’s Diversity report, the company demographics are 69 percent men and 31 percent women, and men hold 75 percent of the leadership roles as well as 80 percent of the tech jobs.