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11 August 2017, 12:41 | Lionel James
Former Google engineer James Damore said he shared the 3,300-word memo internally a month ago
Days after an anti-diversity "manifesto" went viral inside Google and infuriated thousands of its employees, over 60 current and former Google employees are now considering suing the company for sexism and pay disparities against women.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai explained Damore's firing in his own memo, claiming that Damore had pushed "harmful gender stereotypes", but Damore claims the company is vilifying him. Neither Damore nor Mountain View, California-based Googleresponded to a request for comment for this article.
A group of House Democrats wants answers from Google about a divisive internal memo that criticized the internet search giant's diversity initiatives.
In other words, Google and its nonprofit allies are fighting efforts to amend a law to crack down on human trafficking because they say it would inhibit free speech, yet when one of Google's employees says something true yet outside the bounds of liberals' comfort zone, he is immediately fired.
"They're putting their ideology before truth", Damore said. He said he only used scientific research in his memo and never claimed that women were biologically worse than men at tech jobs.
A person familiar added that an additional top question likely to be asked is: "What can we do to clarify for the entire company that there is one hiring bar", regardless of race or gender?
"It's much easier for some to point to "innate biological differences" than to confront the unconscious biases and obstacles that get in the way of a level playing field", Stellings wrote in an email. A string sexual harassment suits at other tech companies including Uber has only fanned the flames.
Memo author James Damore, 28, received jeers, cheers and a job offer from WikiLeaks, while the debate raged on social media and some tech firms took steps to prevent similar episodes from embroiling their companies.
To that end, other USA lawmakers - including powerful groups like the Congressional Black Caucus - have pressed Google and its tech industry counterparts to get them to change their hiring and management practices.
The Google employee memo, which gained attention online over the weekend, begins by saying that only honest discussion will address a lack of equity.
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