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Google fires employee for criticising the company's gender diversity efforts
A software engineer who had written an internal memo questioning the efforts of Google in ensuring gender diversity has been fired. To make his point, the software engineer had claimed that the low number of women in the tech industry was not a result of discrimination but a result of 'biological differences'.

 "Abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don't see equal representation of women in tech and leadership," Damore quoted in the memo.

The memo which had found its way outside the company as well was highly criticised as it relied on stereotypes about women. The software engineer who wrote the 10-page memo has been identified as James Damore.

The criticism was so strong that CEO Sundar Pichai had to cut short his family vacation and return to address the issue. Pichai wrote a company-wide email, saying that certain parts of the memo violated Google's code of conduct and advanced harmful gender stereotypes.

The e-mail titled "Our Words Matter," Pichai said that while he was in favour of the right of employees to express themselves but that the memo had crossed limits.

"To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK." Pichai wrote in his mail.

Pichai also said that he supports the rights of the employees of Google in expressing their views and also said that some parts of the memo are worth debating but portions of it violate the model code of conduct.

As per a report in NYT, Damore has claimed that the company's actions are illegal and that he was considering taking legal action against the company.

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