Google CEO hosts 'town hall' after controversial gender memo

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James Damore lost his job after his internal memo was leaked.

The person behind the memo - James Damore - has already been fired by Google Bloomberg claims.

Whether cutting short his time off - along with that of other Google executives who were supposed to be on vacation this week - turns out to be worth it will depend on how well he can unite the company's global workforce later today.

The town hall comes amid a report from The Guardian that as many as 60 women are considering filing a class action lawsuit against Google, alleging sexism and wage disparity.

"People get offended because it goes against the left's ideology", Damore said during an interview on a conservative talk show.

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Google has taken a strong step by reportedly firing the employee behind the gender differences memo and taking a stand against gender bias, Sundar Pichai has denounced the memo. She added that a male employee had joined her team with a higher salary than her, despite her being his superior in the company.

While the engineer's views were broadly and publicly criticized online, they echo the 2005 statements by then-Harvard President Lawrence Summers, who said the reason there are fewer female scientists at top universities is in part due to "innate" gender differences. Damore's major argument was that women simply weren't cut out to be a success in tech industries. The note spoke on the notion that women are less interested in high-stress jobs because they are more anxious and even looked to rationalize the gender gap in the tech industry.

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

Google's Mountain View headquarters, along with other USA offices of the company, will be targeted in the August 19 event, Posobiec said. But he added that "we strongly support the right of Googlers to express themselves, and much of what was in that memo is fair to debate, regardless of whether a vast majority of Googlers disagree with it".

Eileen Naughton, Google's human-resources chief, said at the meeting that she was pleased to see employees holding spontaneous support groups after the election.

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