Google has fired an employee who recently penned a controversial internal memo that claimed women's under-representation in technology jobs and leadership positions was the result of biological factors and not overt gender discrimination.
Confirming his dismissal to Reuters, he said that he had been sacked for "perpetuating gender stereotypes". "The goal of the case is not only to get Google to change its practices, but to encourage other Silicon Valley companies to change their pay practices as well".
After the controversy swelled, Danielle Brown, Google's new vice-president for diversity, integrity and governance, sent a statement to staff condemning Mr Damore's views and reaffirmed the company's stance on diversity.
Finberg has already spoken to approximately half of the women involved in the potential lawsuit, many of whom are still now employed with the company. Google is also in the midst of a Department of Labor investigation into whether it pays women less than men.
It also called on Google to "stop alienating conservatives" and called into question practices like "unconscious bias" training for committees that promote employees. These are the official responses from Google. "@WikiLeaks is offering a job to fired Google engineer James Damore", Assange tweeted early Tuesday. Damore may have the right to voice his opinions, but Google also has the right to decide that they do not want someone with Damore's regressive and offensive attitudes representing their company. So to be clear again, many points raised in the memo - such as the portions criticizing Google's trainings, questioning the role of ideology in the workplace, and debating whether programs for women and underserved groups are sufficiently open to all - are important topics. Unfortunately for him and his blatant, yet conveniently hidden sexism, the memo quickly made it to the Internet and into the public eye.
The U.S. Department of Labor is now investigating whether Google pays women less than men. But he noted that parts of Damore's memo had violated company policy by "advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace". In the interview Damore clarifies, "I went to a diversity programme at Google, it was totally secretive".
The 10-page missive took aim at Google's "misguided" diversity efforts, accused the company of political bias and suggested women are biologically unsuited to jobs in the technology field.