Google fires employee behind gender gap memo

Posted August 11, 2017

Redacted records obtained by the Daily News show an employee filed against Google on Monday and said that it "has interfered with, restrained and coerced its employees" in the exercise of their rights.

Some employees say Google executives didn't go far enough to denounce Mr. Damore's stance.

Despite the company's reaction, he said many of his former colleagues supported his memo.

The variety of responses reflect that there are many conservatives and libertarians among the employee ranks at tech firms, even though they are seen as predominantly liberal.

"They're putting their ideology before truth", Damore said.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai described the document as "offensive" and "not okay" and Damore was booted from the company on Tuesday. The political pressure led Google to add diversity and workforce issues to their lobbying agendas in Washington, D.C. Some questions complain about how conservatives aren't welcome at Google. To that end, he added: "As a company with an immigrant founder, an immigrant CEO, and prominent women leaders, Google should strive to set the standard for diversity in the workplace".

Justin Damore was sacked from the Silicon Valley behemoth on Monday after national attention around his 10-page assessment that biological differences between males and females explained the lack of women in engineering roles.

Google's Mountain View headquarters, along with other USA offices of the company, will be targeted in the August 19 event, Posobiec said.

Over 60 female Google employees are reportedly considering bringing a class-action lawsuit against the tech company over claims of sexism and wage discrimination, according to The Guardian.

Pichai, who said that parts of Damore's manifesto violated Google's code of conduct, cut his vacation short to attend today's meeting.

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Damore's 3,3000 word manifesto claims there aren't more women in tech roles due to "biological causes" while also calling Google left-leaning with a "politically correct monoculture". One woman reported that she makes two-thirds less than her male counterparts. Google said in June that 69% of its staff were men, 56% were white and 35% were Asian.

Apparently, one person's memo made people uncomfortable enough to miss work the next day, even when that person was sacked that day.

Damore has already filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board- and spoke on Bloomberg television defending himself- saying he feels hurt and betrayed by Google- that he was trying to improve Google's culture.

"There are some topics that are off limits, including gender and racial diversity", he said. She said change is hard and "often uncomfortable". "I'd imagine if you weren't confident diversity outreach had value you would be concerned that voicing it would offend your other co-workers who joined through those programs".

All-hands meetings at the company are usually brutally frank, Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat said in May.

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