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Google Fires Employee After Anti-Diversity Manifesto Gets Leaked

09 August 2017

Although the author stated that assumptions that gender gaps imply sexism are wrong, he clearly insinuated that women are lesser equipped to handle massive tech and leadership responsibilities in a way due to their biological disposition.

The 10-page memo was emailed Friday to more than 40,000 employees at Google, many of whom excoriated the author on social media after reading it.

Damore confirmed to some other news outlets on Monday that he had been fired as a result of the memo.

"Employees have the right to talk about their wages, hours and working conditions", said Heather Bussing, a California labor attorney.

"The company was founded under the principles of freedom of expression, diversity, inclusiveness and science-based thinking", Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt said at the time. 4, at least eight Google employees posted to Twitter about a document that circulated within the company advocating to replace diversity initiatives with policies that merit "ideological diversity" instead.

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"He would have to show that if a woman had made similar comments about women's superiority for jobs, that woman in a similar situation would not have been terminated,", said Shannon Farmer, a partner at Ballard Spahr who represents employers.

Let's be clear. This is not about freedom of speech.

"Can someone who writes things like that interview women or black people fairly?" "Was", because yesterday, they fired him. A Google spokesperson declined to comment on the reports.

According to the statement of Danielle Brown, Google's Vice President of Diversity: "Part of building an open, inclusive environment means fostering a culture in which those with alternative views, including different political views, feel safe sharing their opinions".

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I strongly believe in gender and racial diversity, and I think we should strive for more.

The memo and surrounding debate comes as Google fends off a lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Labor alleging the company systemically discriminates against women. Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick lost his job in June amid scandals over sexual harassment, discrimination and an aggressive culture. Google has been hit too.

Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, released a letter that he had sent to his employees explaining the decision to fire the engineer.

He stated that you cannot have a world leader company as Google if even the least prejudice and stereotyping is allowed any breeding ground in the work force. "I'm glad when I woke up this morning I wasn't the head of HR at Google", said Brian Kropp, who leads the human resources consulting practice at CEB.

However, Assange went even further and appeared to defend the ex-Google engineer's controversial views by tweeting and linking to various bits of content that seem to be about scientists backing up the engineer's claims. Progress has been slow coming. Women now account for just 20% of tech positions at Google.

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Google Fires Employee After Anti-Diversity Manifesto Gets Leaked