Google employees harassed online after engineer's gender gap memo


According to an op-ed titled "Why I was sacked by Google" in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday, James Damore, who was sacked for writing a 10-page anti-diversity memo, said: "Google 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".

James Damore shared a 10-page document internally at Google suggesting that the prevalence of men in the tech sector had at least something to do with biology. But the newly hired diversity chief being effectively silenced on social media for promoting inclusion at Google certainly ranks high on the list. Damore, who has since been fired, has also said that he was considering suing Google. Google said he had crossed the line "by advancing harmful gender stereotypes" and many employees were upset about the views outlined in the memo. For many, including myself, working at Google is a major part of their identity, nearly like a cult with its own leaders and saints, all believed to righteously uphold the sacred motto of "Don't be evil".

"The mob would have set upon anyone who openly agreed with me or even tolerated my views", he said.

Following Damore's memo, some "minority Googlers" were hurt by the "perception they are less qualified", according to one question posted to the company's internal message boards for the all-hands meeting. Right now, there are more than 60 women who are looking to sue Google because they are getting payed less than men who have the same work qualifications as them.

Several conservative activists have criticized Damore's firing, and some groups have called for a Google boycott. "I think what's really inspiring is they did this on their own - basically", Johnson added. This is hurting minority Googlers because it creates the perception that they are less qualified. Goolag is an allusion to gulags, a massive system of labor camps in the Soviet Union where millions of innocent prisoners of conscience perished. Fired4Truth, widely believed to be Damore's Twitter account, hit 35,000 followers in a matter of days.

The fired Google employee whose memo caused an uproar was back on the company's campus late Thursday afternoon. With one lengthy post, a Google employee ignited a fierce debate about the company's culture. We have allowed Google to build a near-monopoly on its services though acquisitions as well as innovation, and transformed a pioneering and plucky start-up into an organization that could easily partner up with Big Brother if the opportunity arose.

Management at the largest tech firms, including Google, have publicly committed to diversifying their workforces, although the percentage of women in engineering and management roles remains low at many companies.