Fired Google En­gi­neer Says Com­pany Ex­ec­u­tives Shamed and Smeared Him

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

San Fran­cisco: The former Google en­gi­neer, whose con­tro­ver­sial memo has trig­gered a na­tion­wide de­bate on gen­der dif­fer­ences and di­ver­sity ef­forts in tech­nol­ogy, defended his views in an in­ter­view on Wed­nes­day with Bloomberg Tele­vi­sion, say­ing com­pany ex­ec­u­tives are smear­ing him in its wake. James Damore, who un­til Mon­day worked as an en­gi­neer on video and im­age search at Al­pha­bet Inc’s Moun­tain View, Cal­i­for­nia, head­quar­ters, said he ini­tially shared the 3,300-word memo in­ter­nally a month ago. But it was only af­ter the mem­o­wentvi­ralthat­com­pa­nylead­ers banded to­gether to make him an out­cast, he said on Bloomberg TV.

When he ini­tially cir­cu­lated the memo, “no one high up ever came to me and said, ‘No, don’t do this,’ even though there were many peo­ple who looked at it,” Damore said. “It was only af­ter it got vi­ral that up­per man­age­ment started sham­ing me and even­tu­ally fir­ing me.” The memo, which was leaked to the pub­lic over the weekend, ar­gues that con­ser­va­tive view­points are sup­pressed at Google and that bi­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences be­tween men and women ex­plain in part why so few women work in soft­ware engi­neer­ing. Even if some­one in Google man­age­ment had agreed with some of the ar­gu­ments put forth in his piece, they wouldn’t have felt safe speaking up, he said. “There was a con­certed ef­fort amongup­per­man­age­ment­to­havea very clear sig­nal that what I did was harm­fu­land­wron­gand­didn’tstand for Google,” Damore said. “It would be ca­reer sui­cide for any ex­ec­u­tives or di­rec­tors to sup­port me.”

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