Google has fired the employee who wrote a controversial 10-page internal memo that criticizes the search giant for its efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in its workforce, the company has confirmed to ABC News.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent a note to employees about the incident on Monday, saying the staffer violated the company’s Code of Conduct. The post went over “the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace,” Pichai said. “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK,” he added.
In the memo, which circulated on an internal company network and was first reported by Motherboard and published in full by Gizmodo on Saturday, the writer attributes gender inequality in the male-dominated tech industry to biological differences between the sexes.
“Distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and … these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership,” the author wrote.
The memo also targeted what it referred to as a “left-leaning” workplace culture at Google and urged the firm to “stop alienating conservatives.”
google… left-leaning..?! alienating conservatives? nahhhhh… not google… no effin way, dude.
i feel like that’s the norm, to be perfectly honest… i mean, doesn’t really matter if you’re working at a big tech company like google, facebook, or apple — it’s all the same in a lot of ways… i’m surrounded by libs in the workplace, you just get used to it (and stay quiet).
as for the gender thing, i dunno… but sure seems like peeps on twitter are having a field day with it.