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

People are so not impressed with Google recruiters right now

The controversial memo broke the firm's code of conduct, Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai said on Monday in an email to employees. Pichai adds that Damore crossed the line "by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".

Damore said that he was exploring all possible legal remedies and that before being fired he had submitted a charge to the US National Labor Relations Board accusing Google upper management of trying to shame him into silence. "When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions".

Now, more than 60 current and former Google employees are in conversations to bring a class action lawsuit against the tech giant, alleging sexism and a gender pay gap against women, The Guardian reported.

The memo, shared widely at the weekend, suggested there were fewer women at Google due to biological differences.

She said ability at spatial tasks - often cited as a way in which men and women's brains work differently - can be affected by how many videogames the people being studied have played.

The confusion has only grown as politics has become hyper-polarized and social media has given employees platforms to broadcast their views to the world.

"He surely must have been aware that a new HR director was charged with addressing some of the issues he touched upon", she said, referring to Google's recently hired head of diversity, Danielle Brown.

"James Damore: Writes memo respectfully saying Google suppresses conservative views".

The past few days have been very hard for many at the company, and we need to find a way to debate issues on which we might disagree - while doing so in line with our Code of Conduct.

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A February 2016 study from the Peterson Institute for International Economics and EY showed companies with more women leaders are more profitable. "According to Kannan, the attitude emerging from the 10-page document was a classic example of falling victim to the unconscious bias €" prejudices which are defined by attitudes or stereotypes which affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner.

The fresh controversy comes with Silicon Valley struggling in the face of accusations of rampant sexual harassment and discrimination affecting startups like Uber and venture capital firms investing in the sector.

Many slammed Damore over the e-mail, with colleague Andrew Bonventre writing: "That garbage fire of a document is trash and you are (sic) wonderful coworkers who I am extremely lucky to work with". And to lose a job like that simply because of a misjudged and misguided memo isn't really the right way to go. "Can someone explain to me why it warrants the insane criticism it is receiving?"

An anonymous software engineer circulated a ten-page memo on Google's mailing list on why he felt that the company had flawed gender policies.

Who is James Damore and has he apologised?

Damore is clearly a very talented software engineer - a job you wouldn't get at a company like Google unless you were.

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

"I think what they did was illegal and I'm now exploring all possible legal remedies", he said.

"I value intellectual diversity and workers rights to not be fired for politely expressing the "wrong" opinion", Assange responded.

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