Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Following up on the blog post Google Engineer Says Gender Diversity Initiatives Bad Idea ... Google has now fired the engineer. Surprising, but encouraging to see a company put support behind what are often shallow commitments to equalized workplaces.
The company said the engineer's memo -- opposing gender diversity initiatives because of women's "neuroticism" and because women biologically prefer jobs with people and emotion rather than tech jobs with "systemic" thinking -- was "harmful" to the workplace. The engineer has threatened to sue.
Updated Aug. 29.
- WSJ, Fired Engineer Likely to Face Obstacles in Challenging Google
- Reuters, Google Memo Writer Faces Tough Legal Road Challenging Firing
- James Damore, Why I Was Fired by Google
- Slate, Of Course James Damore is Now a Free Speech Martyr
- Reuters, Google's Firing of Memo Writer Strikes Nerve in Silicon Valley
- Salon, The Ugly Pseudoscientific History Behind That Sexist Google Manifesto
- Recode, We’ve studied gender and STEM for 25 years. The science doesn’t support the Google memo.
- WashPost, One of Google's Highest Ranking Women Has Answered that Controversial Memo With a Very Personal Essay
- NPR, Diversity at Google: Can the Memo Controversy be a Pivot Point?
- LA Times, Diversity training was supposed to reduce bias at Google. In case of fired engineer, it backfired.