The Google engineer that was fired for writing an internal memo that criticized the company’s diversity policy, James Damore, said that employees at Google openly criticize people based on gender and race in meetings.
In a Thursday interview with Ben Shapiro, Damore explained: “You can openly shame white people or all men [at Google], and we do this in our company-wide meetings.”
“There’s definitely a bias toward certain movements,” he added.
Damore also asserted that Google firing him for writing about what they called “harmful gender stereotypes,” only proved the company’s harmful focus on diversity.
“They’re putting their ideology before truth,” Damore said. “When one side is just trying to guilt you and call you names, and the other is actually using evidence and science, you know which one is actually seeking truth.”
The former Google employee also detailed the fact that diversity issues are often exaggerated at the company. He used an example in which a female employee claimed that she didn’t feel “included.”
According to Damore, the woman posted a question “that had something to do with gender,” and received 300 votes on her post. 50 of the votes were negative, which gave her the opinion that one in six people disagreeing with her meant she was not welcome.
Damore also claimed that the diversity focus at Google is so extensive, “it may definitely be biasing who they do business with.”
Damore also said he only used scientific research in the memo that got him fired and never claimed, from his own point of view, that women were worse than men at jobs involving technology.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai claimed that Damore was fired for “harmful gender stereotypes,” however, Damore believes the company is attempting to vilify him.
Despite the reaction from the company, many of his former colleagues reportedly support Damore.
“Since I’ve written it there have been many people that privately message me and say that yeah I support you and yeah this is a real problem,” he said.