Mr. Damore has become a celebrity in the right-wing media.
USA lawmakers in Congress have also urged Google and the whole tech industry to take a hard look at their diversity and inclusion policies, noting they could do better to bring more women and minority representation into the mix.
Google has caught in another controversy wherein an anti-diversity letter got viral last week which has comments about female employees not been biologically tech people. Fired4Truth, widely believed to be Damore's Twitter account, hit 35,000 followers in a matter of days. While some quarters criticized the content, they were alternately disparaged by dissenters calling out the internet giant's gender and racial bias while clamping down on conservative opinions like Damore's. "But that discourse needs to work alongside the principles of equal employment found in our Code of Conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws", said Brown before Damore was dismissed, signalling that the engineer had perhaps stepped beyond the bounds of discourse and into the realms of disruption. The engineer has claimed he had a right to voice concerns over workplace conditions and filed a labour relations board complaint prior to being fired. He's not the only one.
Ultimately, he writes, "we should be optimizing for Google".
"Treat people as individuals, not as just another member of their group", says our engineer. But these workers also allegedly expressed concerns that they will face harassment should the make they speak out in favour of Damore's views and against his sacking.
"Speaking up was prized even if that risked conflict", one former Google employee told CNN Tech.
Google seemed to reach its limit with that approach this week.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Google has abruptly canceled a company-wide meeting, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, that was meant to address employee questions about the company's diversity policies.
Brooks does Damore a service here, and a service to truth as well, by using his platform at the Paper of Record to correct the record on his memo.
Another echoed Damore's criticisms: "I am a moderately conservative Googler, and I am and have been scared to share my beliefs". Thursday marked the two-year anniversary of Google announcing a corporate restructuring, creating a new parent company called Alphabet. Liberals and tech industry leaders came to Google's defense and denounced Damore's claims as baseless and harmful.
The other, bigger problem is the reaction to it demonstrates that the author is completely right about the lack of ideological diversity and the consequences of that lack.