The Google employee, James Damore, who was sacked by the company on Tuesday for writing a memo with sexist remarks derogatory towards woman’s position in technology and today WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange has offered him a job.
The 10-page long memo titled ‘Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber’ stated that women aren’t underrepresented in tech due to some bias in place but because they aren’t psychologically capable enough like their male counterparts.
In a rebuttal to Google’s move to fire Damore, Julian Assange has publically offered the Google engineer a job at Wikileaks stating that ‘Censorship is for losers’ in his tweet and attaching a link to an extract from his book ‘When Google met Wikileaks’.
“I’m simply stating that the distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership,” the Google employee wrote in the letter published in full by Gizmodo.
2/ Women & men deserve respect. That includes not firing them for politely expressing ideas but rather arguing back: https://t.co/Gg5qPH0lcN
Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that every Googler has a right to express themselves and that the contents of the memo make up for a fair debate, but portions of the memo violated Google’s Code of Conduct and ‘cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace’.
Assange argued the right of the Google employee to express his opinion — howsoever unpopular — without fearing getting fired and also cited several scientific studies in his tweets that corroborated with Damore’s ‘biological trait’ findings in the memo.
“To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK. The memo has clearly impacted our co-workers, some of whom are hurting and feel judged based on their gender,” Pichai wrote in the letter to Google employees.
“There are coworkers who are questioning whether they can safely express their views in the workplace (especially those with a minority viewpoint). They too feel under threat, and that is also not OK. People must feel free to express dissent,” Pichai continued.
This incident has ignited a whole new issue surrounding free speech and where to draw the line.