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Google fired an employee who penned a controversial sexist memo

Google fired an employee who penned a controversial sexist memo

Pichai noted that co-workers must feel free to express dissent.

However, she added that Google will remain tolerant of clashing viewpoints, which made it unclear if the company would take action against Damore.

CEO Sundar Pichai said James Damore crossed the line by pushing gender stereotypes in last week's internal memo.

"I have a legal right to express my concerns about the terms and conditions of my working environment and to bring up potentially illegal behavior, which is what my document does", he told the New York Times.

So there is at least one Google employee out there that still believes that women can't profess in the technology/science/whatever field. Conservative sites like The Federalist saw the firing as proof of Damore's point that Google does not tolerate diversity of opinion. Fifty-six percent of its workers are White and 35 percent are Asian, while Hispanic and Black employees make up 4 percent and 2 percent of its workforce, respectively, according to the company's latest diversity report.

"If he could prove he was sacked at least in part for filing a charge, he could prevail", said Rossein, nothing that whether Damore actually has a claim under the NLRA is unclear.

"Despite the broad official push for diversity from tech companies, there's still a big chunk of the employee base that holds such views and wishes they could air them more freely".

He argued that the company's diversity programs - including seminars that teach young girls coding skills - are "highly politicized".

Civil rights attorney James Finberg said that several of the women claimed they earn up to $40,000 less than their male counterparts and that "the big initial disparity turns into a larger and larger disparity every year" as a result of men getting better salary and stock options.

Google is also embroiled in a legal dispute with the Department of Labor, which has accused Google of "systemic compensation disparities" between men and women. He then went on to argue that women were less biologically suited to be engineers.

According to the author, natural aptitudes of men allow them to become better computer programmers, while women have more "openness directed towards feelings and aesthetics rather than ideas", meaning they "prefer jobs in social or artistic areas".

The memo, which circulated within the company, advocated replacing Google's diversity initiatives with policies that instead awarded ideological diversity. The groups surveyed 21,980 publicly traded companies in 91 countries and found an increase in the share of women in corporate leadership positions from zero to 30 percent would lead to a rise in profitability by 15 percent. Further, he said that he received more messages of support than of criticism.


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