Google Memo Gets Author Fired And Sparks Tech Diversity Talks

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Pichai said parts of the 3,300-word manifesto crossed the line by "advancing harmful gender stereotypes" in the workplace.

Such voices would likely increase during a legal case, and Jeffrey Hirsch, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law, said the controversy could lead Google to settle any legal action brought by Damore. That sentence doesn't really begin to cover what has happened with Google's firing of a top employee over an internal memo he wrote discussing how biological differences might affect their workplace. "But every company should use that power judiciously to avoid creating a perceived political litmus test for employment".

The filing is not a complete surprise: Damore told Reuters and The New York Times on Monday night that he planned to file an NLRB complaint accusing Google's management of trying to silence him. "It's illegal to retaliate against a NLRB charge".

A source inside the company told CNNMoney that when an employee violates the company's code of conduct, it often results in firing.

A source told CNN Tech that James Damore, the employee behind the memo, was sacked by the company.

What's clear, however, is that Google has waded into an ethical thicket.

She wrote that she's had her abilities and job commitment questioned, been left out of industry events and social gatherings, watched as outside leaders addressed her more junior colleagues in meetings and been interrupted and ignored.

"Here's the thing: Why would you want to study a subject to go and work in a field where you know you're not going to be welcomed?" says Guthrie.

The memo has clearly impacted our co-workers, some of whom are hurting and feel judged based on their gender.

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The trespassing Indian troops reached as many as 400 people at one point. "War is not a solution to anything", Swaraj said. But China has been lashing out at India nearly every day, seeking immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from the area.

"The use of company resources to spread highly divisive political thought is inappropriate", said Aine Donovan, director of the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth College.

"Why can't a woman just be skilled at what she does and actually not play some other role you're expecting her to?"

"Google's Ideological Echo Chamber" criticizes Google's "diversity and inclusion" initiatives, such as programs that are aimed specifically at women and under-represented minorities.

Damore shared his manifesto internally last week.

Breitbart published the first of what it said was a series of interviews with "rebels of Google" who claim the company is stifling dissent.

Google's decision to fire Damore could end up making him a hero for other people who agree with his opinions, Sanchez said. In addition, Damore said men have a "higher drive for status".

Scientists have found no difference in intelligence between men and women, but there appear to be some average personality differences that begin early in childhood, persist across many cultures and are, surprisingly, more pronounced in more gender-egalitarian nations. One user experience designer who recently quit said her coworkers made comments on her looks and overlooked her for promotions.

Even so, sometimes employers and employees just aren't the right fit. "Take the high road and find an organization that better suits your philosophical/political beliefs".

"Censorship is for losers", Assange wrote on Twitter.

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