On Monday, the tech giant indirectly confirmed reports that the worker had been fired.
The controversial memo, which urged the company to “stop alienating conservatives” and “de-emphasize empathy,” sparked an outcry on social media over the weekend. While some people blasted the Google employee for being discriminatory, others thanked him for speaking his mind without fear of being punished.
On Monday, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said parts of the memo violate the company’s Code of Conduct and accused the employee of advancing “gender stereotypes” within the company. Google refused to comment on the situation of the said employee but did not deny reports that he had been fired.
A Very Thorny Issue
Human resources experts said the incident is a very thorny one as it can anger people on both sides of the debate since there are people who want the engineer fired and people who agree with him on nearly every aspect.
The web search giant’s vice president for diversity, integrity, and governance thinks the internal memo contains “incorrect assumptions about gender.” She underlined that inclusion and diversity are critical to the firm’s success.
Another executive agreed that having different perspectives and sharing them should be part of Google’s culture, but stereotyping such as saying that women act in a certain way is “harmful”.
Pichai said that suggesting about someone that they’re less biologically fit to work in the company is offensive and contrary to the company’s Code of Conduct.
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