The Internet giant, Google, fired an engineer who has been in the eye of the hurricane in Silicon Valley in the last week after writing a memo in which he attributed gender inequality in the technology industry to biological differences.
James Damore, the engineer who wrote the memo, confirmed the firing and said in an email sent to Reuters that he had been fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes". Damore said he was studying all possible legal actions and that before he was fired he filed a complaint with the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) accusing Google's top management of embarrassing him to try Keep him quiet".
"It is illegal to go against a complainant to the NLRB," he said in the e-mail. Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. based in Mountain View, Calif., Said it could not talk about individual employee cases.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai told employees in a note Monday that parts of the anti-diversity memorandum "violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by promoting harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace," according to one Copy of the note to which Reuters had access.
The debate over the male-dominated treatment of women in Silicon Valley has been on the table for months after sexual harassment scandals at Uber Technologies Inc and several investment firms that have ended in managerial reorganizations.
The managers of the largest technology companies, Google among them, have publicly committed to greater diversity in the templates, although the percentage of women in engineering or management positions remains low in many companies.