Google CEO Sundar Pichai has reaffirmed his stand on firing James Damore last year from the company, and he says that he does not regret his move. In an interview with Recode and MSNBC, Pichai said that the decision to fire him was about ensuring women at Google felt like the company was committed to creating a welcoming environment.
“I regret that people misunderstand that we may have made this for a political belief one way or another,” Pichai said. “It’s important for the women at Google, and all the people at Google, that we want to make an inclusive environment.” When pressed by Swisher on the issue of regret, Pichai stated more definitively, “I don’t regret it.” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki echoed Pichai’s views saying “I think it was the right decision.”
It was almost six months ago, that Google dismissed Damore, after he wrote a controversial memo about purported gender differences in the company. In that memo, Damore made a series of claims arguing against Google’s diversity initiatives, and that women may be biologically less suited to engineering and programming jobs in the tech industry, and that Google creates a hostile environment for conservatives.
In response to the memo, Pichai, who said back in August that Damore crossed “the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace,” made the decision with other top Google executives to fire him. “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK,” Pichai wrote in his statement.
Ever since, Damore is threatening a class action lawsuit, alleging discrimination against what he labels as ‘conservative views’.