Google techie's anti-diversity 'manifesto' angers employees

There's a manifesto criticizing Google's diversity efforts circulating inside the company

Damore confirmed that he was dismissed for "perpetuating gender stereotypes", Reuters reported. GOOG, +0.15% GOOGL, +0.00%, said the memo violated the company's code of conduct "by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace". "When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions", she said.

He also wrote women "prefer jobs in social and artistic areas" while more men "may like coding because it requires systemising", in the the memo which gained attention online over the weekend and was shared on the tech blog Gizmodo. While there are 20 percent women in tech in Google in 2017 as compared to a mere 17 percent in 2014, only one in four women hold leadership roles.

On Monday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai piled on.

The former Google engineer confirmed to Bloomberg that he was sacked on Monday.

In a note to employees, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the past week has been "a very hard time" for the company, as the memo had impacted Google employees who felt "judged based on their gender".

In an effort to present itself as an inclusive and just company, Google recently hired a new vice president of diversity, integrity and governance, Danielle Brown. Some employees used an internal discussion group to call for the engineer who wrote it to be fired, according to a source inside the company.

Pichai's memo, titled "Our words matter", states that the contents of the email were "fair to debate, regardless of whether a vast majority of Googlers disagree with it", according to Recode. "We should empower those with different ideologies to be able to express themselves", the author goes on to say. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor accused Google of underpaying female employees, saying it found "systemic compensation disparities against women" at the company. The author added that Google employees should be comfortable expressing their opinion, even if they could run counter to some company views such as those on diversity in engineering fields.

Now some 69 percent of Google's employees are men, according to the company's latest figures, a proportion that rises to 80 percent when it comes to technology jobs.

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