Google sacks software engineer over memo on women

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"The memo has clearly impacted our co-workers, some of whom are hurting and feel judged based on their gender", Pichai wrote in the letter to Google employees. He says he has filed a complaint with the federal National Labor Relations Board accusing Google of trying to shame him into silence. On the other hand, Mashable reports considerable push back among potential recruits who worry they may be entering a toxic environment. Internally, Google has increased mandatory participation in programs aimed at unconscious biases.

The irony of being disgusted by a diverse opinion, albeit a controversial one, was lost on the network as they played up the memo as a travesty.

More generally, Silicon Valley tech companies have been under mounting criticism for not doing enough to promote gender equality and stamp out sexual harassment.

ELLIS: The main input to Google's performance review process is peer review, your peers writing feedback on your work.

Debate over the treatment of women in the male-dominated tech industry has raged for months. It may sit the employee down and point out that in countries like Iran, 70 percent of the engineering and science graduates are women.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a memo to employees that the engineer who penned the memo violated the company's code of conduct, according to a Redcode report, which was also published to CNBC. "That is stereotyping, and it is harmful".

Pichaie added: "At the same time, there are co-workers who are questioning whether they can safely express their views in the workplace (especially those with a minority viewpoint)".

While adding, 'We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism'.

And most seriously, the author does not appear to understand the consequences of what he wrote, either for others or himself. The gender pay gap has been a hot topic for many years, as Politifact explains in a detailed analysis on the subject. What liberals view as wrong-think is actual diversity.

He goes on to attach to files of his "songs" including one titles "Horse Marriage Legalize It" and closes with a telling postscript.

Lowering the temperature inside Google must be the first order of business along with repeated affirmation that Code of Conduct violations cannot be tolerated but that freedom to express concerns remains something that Google values. The posting was subsequently leaked to Gizmodo.

According to the author, natural aptitudes of men allow them to become better computer programmers, while women have more "openness directed towards feelings and aesthetics rather than ideas" - meaning they "prefer jobs in social or artistic areas".

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