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Fired Google employee mocks company, compares it to Soviet forced labor camp agency

Khristian Ibarrola/ra

Inquirer.net/Asia News Network

| Fri, August 11, 2017 | 11:19 am
Fired Google employee mocks company, compares it to Soviet forced labor camp agency

Googleplex pictured on Dec. 29, 2016. (Shutterstock/File)

Former Google engineer James Damore was at the limelight for all the wrong reasons this week, after writing a memo stating that women are not biologically suited for some technological types of work.

The slur did not sit well with the public and ultimately cost him his job at the prestigious Silicon Valley search company.

However, Damore stirred the pot again recently, after he posted a photo of himself wearing a shirt that seemingly mocked his former employer.

At first glance, Damore’s shirt looks to bear Google’s colorful logo but it actually displays the word “Goolag”—a play on the infamous Soviet Union agency Gulag, which administered the forced-labor camp system.

Read also: Google fires author of divisive memo on gender differences

Although he did not blatantly express it, Damore was apparently comparing the tech giant’s work conditions to the victims of concentration camps, who worked and starved to death in the 20th century’s worst genocide incident.

It is also worth noting that Damore used a rather interesting name for his new Twitter handle, @Fired4Truth (Fired for Truth).

Google, meanwhile, is known best for providing its employees with arguably one of the best working conditions in the world, handing out free meals, massages and fitness classes at its California, USA, headquarters.

According to Glassdoor, engineers like Damore earned around $162,000 monthly, to go along with  healthcare benefits, retirement savings and company equity.

As of this writing, Google has yet to address Damore’s parting shot.

This article appeared on the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta Post
 
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