In 2017 James Damore, a Google engineer, has been fired by the company for publishing a document that became was referred to as "anti-diversity memo" by some left-leaning news outlets on the web. This became a well-publicised story. Now, James Damore, together with David Gudeman, another engineer fired by Google, has sued the company, alleging that the company discriminates against white men with conservative views and that both of the engineers were dismissed as a direct result of this.
It is well-known fact that the US tech sector mainly attracts employees with left-leaning liberal views. However, it has been alleged that, inside Google, this trend has resulted in people with conservative views being silenced. Also, it has been alleged under the lawsuit that the company, rather than treating people equally based on the merit alone, has made it an official policy to give preferential treatment to people who fall under "protected" categories based on gender and ethnicity while hiring new staff.
James Damore has written his original memo as an assignment that he was made to do under compulsory "unconscious bias" training that many Google employees were required to attend. Despite the misleading name that the document was known by, nothing in its content actually opposed the workplace diversity. In fact, the opposite was true, as James Damore has acknowledged that genuine barriers to workplace diversity exist within Google.
In summary, the document talked about how the main reason why less women end up in engineering roles compared to men is because women tend to prefer different types of career due to psycho-physiological differences between the sexes, so less of them apply for engineering roles in the first place. The memo didn't rely just on James Damore's opinion. Several references to reputable scientific sources were included in the text. Perhaps, the only mildly controversial point in the memo was the assertion that statistically, women are more prone to neuroses than men. However, even this point was quoted from a referenced source. Some female Google employees have publicly voiced how this assertion offended them to an, because of it, some of them refused to come to work for several days.
The memo was the sole reason why James Damore was dismissed. The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, has said that the memo advanced "harmful gender stereotypes", which is a code phrase typically used by illiberal left to represent scientifically-backed idea that men and women are different.
It is not clear why David Gudeman was fired, as the information about this particular case is vague. However, it appears that it happened when one of his Muslim colleague has stated that he has been targeted by FBI purely because of his ethnic and religious background. As it is a very serious allegation, David Gudeman expressed his skepticism and suggested that any encounters with FBI that his colleague would have had would have been based on legitimately warranted suspicions and neither on ethnic nor religious profiling. According to the human resource department at Google, David Gudeman has been dismissed for discriminating against his co-worker based on the religion.
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Posted on 10 Jan 2018