Fired Google software engineer, James Damore, is saying that a right-wing conservative and working at the tech behemoth is “like being gay in the 1950s.”
Damore, the author of the controversial anti-diversity memo which he sent around to the entire company, made the comparison in conversation with Business Insider.
He says he was fired for “wrong-think” and that anyone who has conservative viewpoints at Google “are currently marginalized.”
Damore wrote a 10-page memo claiming the gender gap in tech is a due to biological differences between men and women, not discrimination.
Damore believes he was fired because his views did not match those of the majority at Google.
“There is a dominant ideology at Google, and anyone who dissents against that is either shamed or ostracized. And when it became apparent that I wasn’t backing down to the shame, they had to fire me.”
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the memo violated the company’s Code of Conduct by “advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”
Damore’s claim that being conservative is like being gay in the 1950’s has sent prominent tech journalist Kara Swisher, the executive editor of Recode, who is herself gay in attack mode.
Were you forced into electroshock therapy? No? Were you thrown out of your family? No? Did you lose custody of kids? No? Beaten?” Swisher says, tweeting in response to the story.
Swisher adds that the comparison is rubbish because it misrepresents the severity of the discrimination gay people faced. “It’s like comparing yourself to a political prisoner when you get arrested for jaywalking.”
Damore intends to sue Google for the way he was fired.