Anti-diversity memo row: Fired Google employee gets WikiLeaks job offer

Google headquarters in Mountain View California on Feb. 18 2016. File

Google headquarters in Mountain View California on Feb. 18 2016. File

Days after an anti-diversity "manifesto" went viral inside Google and infuriated thousands of its employees, over 60 current and former Google employees are now considering suing the company for sexism and pay disparities against women.

Management at the largest tech firms, including Google, have publicly committed to diversifying their workforces, although the percentage of women in engineering and management roles remains low at many companies. "The memo has clearly impacted our co-workers, some of whom are hurting and feel judged based on their gender", Pichai wrote in the letter to Google employees. "These differences aren't just socially constructed because [for one thing] they often have clear biological causes and links to prenatal testosterone.they're exactly what we would predict from an evolutionary psychology perspective". Google later fired Damore, saying that he violated its policies.

Then Damore was sacked - according to media reports and his own email to the far-right news website Breitbart - which sparked a new backlash from those claiming Google was stifling free speech. "I have a legal right to express my concerns about the terms and conditions of my working environment and to bring up potentially illegal behavior, which is what my document does", Damore said. Google is in the midst of a Department of Labor investigation over allegations women there are paid less than men. Conservative sites like The Federalist saw the firing as proof of Damore's point that Google does not tolerate diversity of opinion.

Google has denied the charges, arguing that it doesn't have a gender gap in pay, but has declined to share full salary information with the government. "People must feel free to express dissent", Pichai continued.

"Discrimination to reach equal representation is unfair, divisive, and bad for business", senior software engineer James Damore said in a 10-page note he circulated among staff.

LOSANGELES-A Google employee who wrote a controversial memo about workplace diversity has been fired, the BBC can confirm. But it is really the biological differences between men and women that are responsible for the gender gap, he argued. What seems to have irked the search giant the most is the alleged discriminatory practices followed by the company where men employees are given more favors compared to their female counterparts. In this sense, Pichai also wrote a memo addressed to all employees.

Google vice president of diversity Danielle Brown responded to the document in a memo on Saturday, writing that the document "advanced incorrect assumptions about gender" and that "it's not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages".

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