James Damore Google employee fired after anti diversity manifesto

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai told employees in a Monday night e-mail that portions of the so-called manifesto violated Google's code of conduct and crossed the line by advancing gender stereotypes in the workplace.

Damore said in an email on Monday that he was exploring a possible legal challenge to his dismissal.

The 10-page missive took aim at Google's "misguided" diversity efforts, accused the company of political bias and suggested women are biologically unsuited to jobs in the technology field. "When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions". The post went to the extent of saying that women in the same position as men were paid less not due to any bias but because of inherent psychological differences between the genders.

A Google engineer has recently written a memo which sparked a lot of controversy, after claiming biology is what keeps women from enjoying as much success as men in the industry of tech. To be sure, as Damore points out, there is "significant overlap between men and women" in terms of distributed characteristics, which makes it pointless to try and conclude anything about a specific individual given these population-wide tendencies. With the decision the company did make, it has caused heavy criticism from those pleasant alt-right folk.

The controversial document was first published by technology news site Motherboard on Saturday and divided opinion after going viral on social media.

At the center of this storm is the company's new chief diversity officer, Danielle Brown.

She said the engineer's essay "advanced incorrect assumptions about gender".

Google has fired the man behind an internal memo which railed against political correctness at the company. The company has denied this charge.

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A debate over the treatment of women in the male-dominated tech industry has raged for months.

In 2014, women only made up 30 percent of employees at the top 75 tech firms in Silicon Valley. While the site does not list Damore's name alongside the complaint, it lists the Paul Hastings LLP as the law firm representing Google.

Wojcicki went on to explain how her daughter echoed a question that - whether asked outright, whispered quietly or simply lingering in the back of someone's head - has weighed heavily on her in her career in tech and was brought to the forefront last week by the memo.

"As a private company, Google has the right to discipline employees for their speech or for violations of their code of conduct", Rowland said.

Who is James Damore and has he apologised?

He confirmed in an e-mail to Bloomberg that he has been sacked.

MORE THAN 60 women are said to be planning to sue Google over the current row over pay parity and sexism within the company. That's a bit odd, given that within the memo itself Damore claims, variously, "I value diversity", "I strongly believe in...diversity", "I'm not saying diversity is bad", and so on.

Geoffrey Miller, the evolutionary psychologist, told the BBC that Mr Damore got "most of the science right" and showed "pretty good judgment about what we know and what we don't know".

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