Google engineer who penned “anti-diversity” memo has been fired

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The chief engineer at Google who posted an anonymous memo critical of Google’s attempts to hire more women at the company has been removed from his post.

Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai said in a company statement that the author of the memo, chief engineer James Damore, had violated Google’s code of conduct.

Damore statements were critical of Google’s diversity attempts, calling the company an “ideological echo chamber” and said he wanted hiring decisions to be based on merit alone.

He also claimed that women were biologically less capable than men of being engineers because men are inherently more competitive.

“Our job is to build great products for users that make a difference in their lives. 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. “It is contrary to our basic values and our Code of Conduct, which expects ‘each Googler to do their utmost to create a workplace that is free of harassment, intimidation, bias and unlawful discrimination.”

Google is currently being investigated by the Department of Labor for alleged systematic discrimination against women due to their gender wage gap.