As if to mock the accusations of sexism levied at the tech industry and Google, James Damore, a software engineer then working at the company circulated a memo that proposed, among other things, that Google's diversity programs fail because women – neurotic, tending to crumble under pressure, and not ambitious – don’t want this kind of work.
His memo is long, full of misquoted science, unclear of purpose, and it wades clumsily into delicate social territory with ill-formed logic and a failure to understand historical or societal context. Basically, it uses a lot of science to defend his premise that diversity programs, by their nature, are flawed because women are biologically less inclined toward technical work and leadership.
The real scanda? That anyone took this guy seriously.
But they did. The Alt-Right unsurprisingly elevated him to hero status. Google fired him, saying his memo promoted harmful gender stereotypes.
Continuing his failure to understand what is happening around him (he suggests this might be because he is autistic), he is suing Google, claiming that he was fired for speaking truth to power. What’s obvious to everyone else is that he was fired because he dragged his employer into some nasty muck and defended the muck at every opportunity.