Google fired engineer over controversial memo
In early August, Alphabet’s (GOOG) (GOOGL) Google fired a male engineer as a consequence of his controversial memo denouncing the company’s diversity policies. The company was then criticized for suppressing free speech. Founded on the principle of free speech and with a corporate motto of “Don’t be evil,” Google developed a powerful search engine that allows a wide array of voices to reach their audiences.
The engineer, James Damore, wrote that he believed biological differences cause the gap between male and female employees in tech and leadership positions. Damore mentioned that Google’s approach to gender diversity reflected biases. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google’s response stated that proposing that “women can’t be as successful in the same kind of jobs as men” violated its code of conduct.
Google is trying to diversify workforce
According to Google’s employee demographics, 69% of its total workforce is male. However, females comprise only 20% of its technical workforce. However, Google, along with other tech companies, is trying to diversify its workforce.
This controversy adds to recent instances regarding gender bias in the tech sector. Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, recently lost his job after he was accused of sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination.
This shakeup also comes at a sensitive time for Google, as it is under investigation by the US Department of Labor after the company was accused of gender pay inequality. Google, which is also a government contractor, was required to give employee compensation records to the Department of Labor.