Google – the internet giant – fired an engineer named James Damore over a memo that censured the diversity efforts of the search company. Recently, the fired engineer said that the internet company is discriminating in its hiring practices.
Fired employee calls Google a “cult”
On Monday, in an interview on “Closing Bell”, the TV programme of CNBC, Damore said that the internet giant was treating people differently based on race or gender. The search company is pushing individual managers to hike up diversity. Also, it is using gender or race to decide which teams job candidates are placed on and which workers are promoted.
In addition to this, he said that he is pursuing legal remedies against the company over his firing. Damore codenamed his workplace a cult earlier this week. Damore said in an op-ed titled “Why I Was Fired by Google” in the Wall Street Journal that the search giant is “a particularly intense echo chamber because it is in the middle of Silicon Valley and is so life-encompassing as a place to work.”
He wrote, “Some even live on campus. For many, including myself, working at Google is a major part of their identity, almost ‘like a cult’ with its own leaders and saints, all believed to righteously uphold the sacred motto of ‘Don’t be evil’.” The fired engineer further argued that this created an environment where only some opinions could be voiced. He further censured the search company in its attempt to silence open and honest discussion.
Google CEO Pichai says the company needs women
Damore wrote, “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?”
Sundar Pichai, the Chief Executive Officer of Google, said last week while addressing a coding event for women that, “There’s a place for you at Google. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You belong here, and we need you.” At the campus of Mountain View, California, the Indian-Born CEO told woman innovators at the company that the search giant needs them. His statement came after the manifesto of Damore claimed that “the representation gap between men and women in software engineering persists because of biological differences between the two sexes.”