Fired engineer: Google tried to shame me

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The software engineer who was sacked from Google for circulating a good-faith argument about diversity published a column in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Aug. 10, likening the tech giant's workplace culture to a cult where free speech is stifled and violators are punished.

The memo which was titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber", led to a lot of anger within the tech quarters as it suggested that women preferred to work outside the tech department because they were anxious. But the newly hired diversity chief being effectively silenced on social media for promoting inclusion at Google certainly ranks high on the list.

Jordan Bernt Peterson, a Canadian clinical psychologist, and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto posted on his Twitter page a lengthy interview with James Damore, putting everything the fired employee said in context.

Google said Damore violated its code of conduct and his actions advanced harmful gender stereotypes.

Can we talk about the story of whether Google, a company entrusted with everyone else's personal secrets, should let its own employees' confidential data be thrown open to the scrutiny of a vengeful world in the course of trying to show that its workplace is not rife with discrimination?

The fired Google employee whose memo caused an uproar was back on the company's campus late Thursday afternoon. A Blind survey found that a majority of employees at Google, Uber, Yahoo, Airbnb, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon thought that Damore should not have been fired. The author of the most famous internal memo of the year writes about his firing from Google, which in this case appears more like an excommunication from a cult.

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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.

Pichai told employees there will be forums in the coming days, in lieu of the canceled town hall meeting.

Pichai said in an email to staff that several Google employees became fearful for their safety and grew concerned about being outed for speaking up at the town hall. Does it make sense to have, say, 85 percent of those website coders be male?

Meanwhile, Damore has appealed in a complaint against Alphabet to protect his rights under a provision of the National Labour Relations Act. James Finberg, who is a civil rights attorney has announced that he is working on finding a legal basis for these women. Google and Outfront didn't immediately return requests for more information.

His memo has ignited a fierce debate about the company's culture. It signifies their belief that liberals stifle free speech by humiliating right-wing voices.

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