Ex-Google Engineer Says Gender Memo Began on 12-Hour Flight

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In the memo, Damore wrote that "I strongly believe in gender and racial diversity", and in a reply to the public response, wrote that "I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don't endorse using stereotypes".

The scandal started with the leaked manifesto that argued men occupy more leading roles in the tech industry due to "biological differences" which prompted the company to fire the author.

Damore's memo, originally circulated on an internal Google discussion group, begins by saying that only honest discussion will address a lack of equity.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday said in an email to employees that, while he supports free expression by company workers, Damore's memo crossed the line of the company's code of conduct "by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".

But Google hasn't disclosed the numbers of new hires or of exits, by gender and race.

Vox described Damore's memo as "anti-diversity". Ellis actually left the company in 2014, she says, because she was sexually harassed. That's something Wojcicki takes on directly, highlighting that while Google is fine with freedom of expression and employees voicing their opinions, there are still responsibilities that come with that freedom.

Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from consequences.

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Legal and employment experts noted, however, that companies have broad latitude to restrict the speech of employees and that First Amendment protections do not apply in the workplace.

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Once the meet-and-greet was over, she says she alerted her mother as well as others on her team about what had allegedly happened. Swift's security guard was about 3 feet (about 1 meter) away during the meet-and-greet, Mueller says.

"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.

The National Labor Relations Act protects employees who are trying to organize unions, but there is a clause stating employees are allowed to engage in activities for "other mutual aid or protection".

Professor Rippon said: "It's one of those areas where science moves on perhaps more quickly than the communication of it".

He said that the firing proved his original memo correct.

Google's female employees are staying home from work because their feelings are hurt by the 10-page document written by a now former fellow employee regarding the general differences between males and females, the Daily Wire reports.

Of note, the memo comes as Google fends off a lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Labor alleging the company systemically discriminates against women.

Simply put, there's strong evidence Google has a diversity problem. He and stated that because on average a woman's "extraversion" is expressed as "gregariousness rather than assertiveness" and that because women possess "higher agreeableness", they have a "harder time negotiating salary, asking for raises, speaking up, and leading". The right isn't exactly a champion of diversity these days, and many conservatives continue to argue the gender pay gap is a myth. His piece on diversity, and the idea of there being biological reasons for why women hold fewer roles in engineering and management positions, was broadly circulated on an internal company messageboard.

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