CNN's assertion that the author forwards the idea that women are biologically incapable of carrying out tech jobs likewise misunderstands his argument.
The author, James Damore, said Google's liberal leanings and emphasis on training around "unconscious bias" have created an ideological echo chamber that makes it hard to discuss these issues openly inside the company.
The reactions internally have been fierce and divisive.
A lot of employees have been appalled by such radical opinions and wouldn't want to work with James Damore, who questioned whether a person was doing their job right based on their gender or political views.
Google has prided itself as an environment that encourages openness and diversity of opinions.
The document was initially posted on the company's internal forum. An article in the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews likewise says that "female-biased conditions include depression, anxiety disorder, and anorexia nervosa". He is wrong. His dismissal is a small step towards countering this exhausted narrative - a small step towards addressing the appalling truth that just one in five tech jobs at Google are held by women.
That may have paved the way for this employee to feel comfortable sharing an offensive post. Companies that sign collective bargaining agreements with unions, on the other hand, usually can not fire an employee without "cause", meaning they would need to show that they were bad workers or behaved badly. What if he has rejected women he was interviewing? It's now being reported that James was sacked from Google for "perpetuating gender stereotypes" (among other things). "To suggest that these kind of attitudes don't bleed into someone's day to day work seems dangerously optimistic". To comment on VentureBeat Google people declined and they have pointed to a memo that Pichai wrote in response to the note.
Google's diversity chief, Danielle Brown, responded to Damore's memo by simply dismissing it.
Some argued that although they may not agree with Damore, the company had gone too far in firing him.
"Many of these differences are small and there's significant overlap between men and women, so you can't say anything about an individual given these population level distributions", he writes.
The memo stoked a heated debate over treatment of women in the male-dominated Silicon Valley that has boiled for months following sexual harassment scandals at Uber Technologies Inc and several venture capital firms.
"When it comes to diversity and inclusion, Google's left bias has created a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence", he writes in the memo. "Whatever Google decides to do, they're going to be potentially disappointing somebody along one of those groups or making them angry".
"Witch hunts are a well-known cultural problem at Google", one employee identified only as "Hal" said.