Success: Google Employee Behind Sexist Memo Fired

Target: Sundar Pichai, Google CEO

Goal: Support the firing of Google employee who wrote sexist, anti-diversity manifesto.

Google has fired the male engineer who penned a controversial memo arguing that the company’s diversity and inclusion policies are too politically correct, and that women are less biologically fit than men for the tech industry, thanks in part to petitions like this one at ForceChange. The employee, James Damore, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board over his ousting for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.”

In his memo, Damore wrote that women are less likely to be put in leadership roles and “high stress jobs” because they are less assertive and more neurotic than men. He wrote, “We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism.” The manifesto caused outrage, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai addressed it in a statement: “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK.” Damore’s actions were, Pichai said, a violation of Google’s Code of Conduct, resulting in his termination.

Sign below to support this decision not to allow sexism and discrimination in the workplace.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Pichai,

Discrimination and sexism in the workplace is a serious and widespread issue. Thank you for taking it seriously and refusing to allow such conduct to take place at Google. The decision to fire engineer James Damore for the sexist and offensive memo he wrote was the right decision.

In this memo, Damore claimed that a biological tendency toward neuroticism is the reason that fewer women have leadership roles in the tech industry, and that the pay gap between men and women does not imply sexism. Perpetuating these stereotypes and spreading these prejudices against Google’s female employees—as well as slamming the company’s diversity policies in general as being too politically correct and “extremist”—encouraged a toxic environment within the company. I support the decision to fire James Damore for this serious breach of conduct.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    congrats! support lgbtq+ rights!

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