It wasn't until the memo went viral inside Google and was leaked externally last weekend that Google chose to take action, he said. In a recent Blind survey, majority of the employees from these firms voted against Google's decision to fire Damore.
"There was no outcry or charge of misogyny".
When former Google software engineer #James Damore's memo led to his termination and cast attention on the issues he raised, it created an uproar among female movers and shakers in business, academe and the tech industry.
Google fired Damore on Monday. For years, Sandberg has been conveying - in her books and even in an global forum like the World Economic Forum - that people need to go beyond gender stereotypes. "For many, including myself, working at Google is a major part of their identity, nearly "like a cult" with its own leaders and saints, all believed to righteously uphold the sacred motto of "Don't be evil", the former-Google employee wrote.
Much of the op-ed focuses on Damore's claim that he was the victim of a corporate "shaming". Public shaming serves not only to display the virtue of those doing the shaming but also warns others that the same punishment awaits them if they don't conform. Screenshots of the questions with names attached had been leaked, although none with names had been published as of late Thursday, a Google spokeswoman said. "Google had to solve the problem caused by my supposedly sexist, anti-diversity manifesto".
A memo written by a male engineer at Google about gender differences sparked a quick rebuttal from Google after it circulated widely online.
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His memo has ignited a fierce debate about the company's culture.
Damore, who has emerged as a hero of conservative media, stands by his memo, saying he considered it a "reasoned, well-researched, good-faith argument".
"It saddens me to leave Google and to see the company silence open and honest discussion", he concluded.
Damore's op-ed follows interviews he gave earlier this week with Bloomberg News, as well as an independent broadcaster on YouTube.
Damore's Twitter account has nearly 60,000 followers despite starting days ago.
Part of Damore's 10-page letter entitled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber" went further to claim that women on average have more "neuroticism" that makes them less tolerant of stress than men, and are more talkative than assertive. Employees can search documents for information about different divisions within the company on its internal network.