About five months ago, Google fired employee James Damore over a controversial memo regarding diversity in the workplace. Now, CEO Sundar Pichai reiterates he absolutely doesn’t regret the move at all.
However, Pichai does admit he regrets that people see it as a politically motivated incident. Speaking live to Recode co-founder Kara Swisher, MSNBC host Ari Melber, and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki in San Francisco continues on to say the motive behind firing Damore was to make women feel welcome at Google.
“I regret that people misunderstand that we may have made this for a political belief one way or another,” Pichai said. “It’s important for the women at Google, and all the people at Google, that we want to make an inclusive environment.” When asked once more whether he regretted the decision itself, Pichai’s answer was a firm no.
Damore was a fire in August last year after his memo went viral, one that questioned whether women were suited for jobs in the technology. Specifically, he stated beliefs that women are under-represented in the field thanks to “biological causes” that may make them less capable of certain jobs.
At the time, Pichai responded to the memo after firing Damore, saying Googlers have the right to express themselves, but there’s a fine line between debate and offensiveness. “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK”
Not ready to accept the consequences, Damore filed a lawsuit earlier this month alleging Google discriminates against white male conservative. He truly believes women aren’t suited to engineering and programming jobs, and Google’s misplaced attempts at employing a diverse workforce are creating a hostile environment for straight white men.