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>> Google has fired the employee behind an internal company memo that alleges huge gaps in representation between men and women in the tech industry are due to biological differences. The Google Engineer, James Damore, confirming his dismissal to Reuters and that he's exploring legal measures in response. His ten-page document titled, Google's Ideological Echo Chamber, circulated last week.
It claims women prefer jobs in social or artistic areas, while more men may like coding. And that the split in personality was due to genetics rather than cultural or societal constructs. It also states biology is why fewer women are found in leadership roles and that we need to stop assuming gender pay gaps implies sexism.
It ignited a fire storm in Silicon Valley, which has been under intense scrutiny in recent months regarding its lack of diversity. Less than a third of Google's global employees are women. And the number is much lower in its Tech and Management divisions. Black or Hispanic workers, only about 6% in the US.
Stream of sexual harassment suits at other tech companies including UBER has only fanned the flames. Google's leadership told it's employees that Damore crossed a line and advanced to harmful stereotypes, according to an email seen by Reuters. But earlier this year, the US Department of Labor said pay gaps at the Tech Giant appeared to be systemic.