A Google employee who wrote a controversial memo about workplace diversity has been fired, the BBC can confirm.
The controversial memo broke the firm’s code of conduct, Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai said on Monday in an email to employees.
The memo, shared widely at the weekend, suggested there were fewer women at Google due to biological differences.
Mr Pichai said the text crossed the line due to it “advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace”.
Entitled Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber, the paper argued that “the 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 author wrote: “We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism.”
Google has not confirmed who the employee is, but US media reports name him as James Damore.
The memo was quickly criticised by …