Julian Assange, has offered the Google employee who recently got fired for writing an anti-diversity memo a job at Wikileaks. Google had fired James Damore who had written a manifesto on gender diversity.
Assange, via microblogging site Twitter, extended his support multiple times to James Damore. His tweet read, “Censorship is for losers. @WikiLeaks is offering a job to fired Google engineer James Damore.” The engineer who wrote the memo was fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes”, according to an email sent to Reuters.
Damore’s 10-page manifesto accused Google of quieting political opinions and argued that biological differences play a role in the shortage of women in tech and leadership positions. The manifesto went viral over the weekend causing an outbreak of public anger that built the pressure on Google executives to take a stand. Titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber”, the memo argues that the reason women are underrepresented in the tech industry has to do with “biological causes” between men and women. RELATED: Google’s sacking of ‘anti-diversity’ employee is right under the circumstances
However, according to Vox.com, the manifesto had generated equal support from both inside and outside the company, which however led to discussions about how far “free speech” should go in workplace environments. It also highlighted Google’s lack of gender parity and the tech industry’s ongoing problems with fostering a safe environment for women. Meanwhile, many Google employees have reportedly also supported the firm’s decision to fire Damore, and said in internal discussion forums that they would not like to work with him.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai not only slammed the manifesto, but also said that parts of it violated the company’s code of conduct “and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace”. ALSO READ: Google, you have the responsibility of engaging with divergent views
At the time of filing this story, Damore has not yet responded to Assange’s tweet. He was working with Google since 2013, and has a PhD in systems biology from Harvard University.