James Damore was fired from Google in August after he wrote an internal memo about the reality of gender differences and the suffocating effects of political correctness. The memo sparked outrage among many liberals working for Google and was leaked to the press, leading to Damore's firing.
Titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber," Damore claimed in his memo that "Google's left bias has created a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence." He went on to note biological differences in men and women that could explain disparities in work and pay, rather than blaming sexism.
According to a U.S. National Labor Relations Board charge sheet obtained last Friday by tech daily Silicon Beat, Damore is accusing Google of firing him "in retaliation" for activity protected by law.
Damore's memo from early August was entitled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber." It began by proposing that Google has a staunch leftist bias which prevents the company from having authentic dialogue among people with differing political views. He wrote:
At Google, we talk so much about unconscious bias as it applies to race and gender, but we rarely discuss our moral biases. Political orientation is actually a result of deep moral preferences and thus biases. Considering that the overwhelming majority of the social sciences, media and Google lean left, we should critically examine these prejudices.
The document stated again: "Google's left bias has created a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence."
The memo went on to argue that the "gender gap" in the tech industry is not necessarily due to sexism. Instead of implicit sexism, the document draws attention to demographic, biological, psychological and cultural differences between men and women.
For instance, Damore proposed that men are statistically more likely than women to be interested in fields like software engineering and are therefore more likely to get high-ranking positions in Silicon Valley. He also claimed that men tend to be more interested in and better equipped for high-stress jobs that demand extra hours and other sacrifices.
The memo, originally shared in an online forum for Google employees, got vicious backlash from many Google employees and was leaked to the press. Damore was subsequently fired from Google on August 7. Following his firing, Damore got interviews with big names in the media, especially conservative commentators like Ben Shapiro. Milo Yiannopoulos also had the chance to interview Damore on camera.
Damore's firing also sparked an investigative series from Breitbart entitled "Rebels of Google." The series sought to get the inside scoop from conservative-leaning Google employees, most of them remaining anonymous. These employees said they were bothered by the company's left-wing bias and too terrified to express themselves.