Search engine giant Google has fired an employee who had earlier written an internal memo saying that speaking about gender equality wasn't right as men and women had different abilities and that women were biologically inferior to men when it came to tech jobs. Damore confirmed to Breitbart that he was sacked and said: "They just fired me for 'perpetuating gender stereotypes'".
The engineer wrote that everyone needed to stop the assumption that gender gaps imply the existence of sexism. The author had a right to express their views on those topics-we encourage an environment in which people can do this and it remains our policy to not take action against anyone for prompting these discussions.
And yet, the values being espoused by the Google leadership in the heat of the spotlight can not gloss over a problem that remains deeply set in the company's culture.
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Management at the largest tech firms, including Google, have publicly committed to diversifying their workforces, although the percentage of women in engineering and management roles remains low at many companies.
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai has been forced to cut short his summer holiday in order to address employees directly as he seeks to defuse a "difficult" diversity row which has engulfed his company since the weekend.
Brown wrote that we remain unequivocal in the belief diversity and inclusion remains critical to the company's success, and we will continue standing for that, and have a commitment to it over the long haul.
Bloomberg was first to get a confirmation for the firing from the affected employee; Google declined to confirm the termination when contacted by Variety.
Google quickly condemned the document's assertions.
According to a diversity report earlier this year, almost 70 percent of Google's workforce are men.