A Google engineer got fired this week for distributing a 10-page memo arguing that the gender gap between men and women working in tech and leadership positions is due to biological and psychological differences.
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. The attorney went on and publicly stated that he interviewed over half of the women who are being affected by Google's wage disparities and said that their allegations will be recognized in court. 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 memo leaked last weekend and, on Monday, he was sacked. "How did Google, the company that hires the smartest people in the world, become so ideologically driven and intolerant of scientific debate and reasoned argument?"
"It saddens me to leave Google and to see the company silence open and honest discussion", he concluded.
The op-ed comes a day after Google CEO Sundar Pichai was supposed to hash it all out in an all-hands meeting with the company's more than 60,000 employees.
A number of employees sent emails to Pichai and told managers that they planned to skip the meeting because they were anxious that they would face online reprisals for speaking out.
"I want you to know there's a place for you in this industry", Pichai said to the young women in the audience.
The U.S. far right plans to take its dispute with Google to the company's doorsteps, with a nationwide "March on Google" set to take place this month.
The controversy has fueled a national debate, at a time when Silicon Valley has had to grapple with tough questions about the diversity of its ranks.
In an essay published in The Wall Street Journal on Friday, Mr. Damore said "there was no outcry or charge of misogyny" when he shared the memo initially. The New York Times dubbed Duke "the Annie Leibovitz of the Alt-right" and said he does the shoots pro bono.
Needless to say, the reasons he gives are not a surprise. "That's when we need good leaders most".