Fired engineer: Google tried to shame me

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The ads appear to be related to the saga of James Damore, the Google engineer who was sacked earlier this week after writing a 3,000-word essay criticizing Google's diversity policies in which he suggested that biological differences in women could make them less suited to work at Google. In a recent Blind survey, majority of the employees from these firms voted against Google's decision to fire Damore.

For those not following along, Damore, a senior engineer at the world's biggest search engine, wrote a memo about a month ago entitled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber". Having these views challenged can be painful, so we tend to avoid people with differing values and to associate with those who share our values.

Damore disagrees with how the company reacted to his post, claiming that he only meant to say men and women differ due to biological reasons and that is why there are not so many female representatives in leadership positions and in the tech industry. The WikiLeaks founder and chief tweeted, "Censorship is for losers", before adding that there was a job for fired Google software engineer James Damore at his whistleblowing organization.

"For many, including myself, working at Google is a major part of their identity, nearly like a cult with its own leaders and saints, all believed to righteously uphold the sacred motto of 'Don't be evil, ' he wrote".

Damore focused on the idea of shame in his op-ed.

Leading tech companies, including Google, Facebook and Uber, have said they are trying to improve hiring and working conditions for women.

Pichai cut his vacation short to deal with the crisis over the manifesto that went viral inside the company and infuriated thousands of employees.

The Google employee memo, which gained attention online over the weekend, begins by saying that only honest discussion will address a lack of equity.

Damore's op-ed follows interviews he gave earlier this week with Bloomberg News, as well as an independent broadcaster on YouTube. It isn't certain this actually is Damore, but there are two signs of the account's veracity: the pictures themselves, and the fact that Duke tagged @Fired4Truth on his own Twitter account with the caption: "Not all heroes wear capes". Employees can search documents for information about different divisions within the company on its internal network. An email sent to an address believed to be used by Damore was not immediately returned; Google declined to comment.

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