The employee behind Google's controversial anti-diversity memo has been fired.
On Saturday, engineer James Damore shared a lengthy memo about the biological differences between men and women, which he says explains the shortage of women in tech and leadership positions. The memo went viral and caused controversy throughout Silicon Valley.
According to Bloomberg, Damore says that he was terminated for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” He said he’s “currently exploring all possible legal remedies.”
On Monday, the company's CEO, Sundar Pichai, sent a note to employees that said portions of the memo “violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.” The note did not specifically say if the memo was the cause for firing.
Danielle Brown, Google’s new vice president for diversity, integrity and governance, also underscored that she did not believe in the memo. “We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company,” Brown said in the statement. “We’ll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul.”
This controversy comes at a time when Google faces backlash about its treatment of women. In January, the U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit requesting salary data for its employees in order to see if there is a gender gap.