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Fired engineer calls Google an ideologically driven 'mob' intolerant of scientific debate

Fired engineer calls Google an ideologically driven 'mob' intolerant of scientific debate

The software engineer who was sacked from Google for circulating a good-faith argument about diversity published a column in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Aug. 10, likening the tech giant's workplace culture to a cult where free speech is stifled and violators are punished.

Damore disagrees with how the company reacted to his post, claiming that he only meant to say men and women differ due to biological reasons and that is why there are not so many female representatives in leadership positions and in the tech industry. It wasn't until the memo went viral inside Google and was leaked externally last weekend that Google chose to take action, he said.

"Google's firing of James Damore is the flashpoint here", said the pro-Trump Posobiec, known for peddling conspiracy theories such as "Pizzagate".

Google chief Sundar Pichai said Dimore "crossd the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in Google's workplace".

Google's internal "Dory" system allows employees to ask questions and then vote on questions posed by other employees so managers can address the most pressing ones.

While some individuals surmised the memo may have sprung from Damore's resentment toward Google's diversity initiatives, others welcomed it. Google took this is as a direct insult and fired the author.

Pichai has cut short his vacation and along with his leadership team, he will be addressing Googlers on Thursday in a town hall meeting. Right now, there are more than 60 women who are looking to sue Google because they are getting payed less than men who have the same work qualifications as them.

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Pichai said in an email to staff that several Google employees became fearful for their safety and grew concerned about being outed for speaking up at the town hall.

As expected, the points mentioned in the manifesto did not go down too well with a lot of Google employees. "It all makes sense now". In addition to the WSJ, he has given interviews to Bloomberg, spoken at length with two YouTube personalities popular with alt-right and right-wing audiences, Stefan Molyneux and Jordan B. Peterson, and he did a photoshoot with alt-right photographer Peter Duke. Fired4Truth, widely believed to be Damore's Twitter account, hit 35,000 followers in a matter of days.

One San Francisco lawyer, James Finberg, says his office has been contacted by about 70 female employees at Google in just the past few weeks with complaints about pay inequality, promotions and job assignments.

Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Inside Google, the memo and its fallout represent perhaps the biggest setback to what has been a foundational premise for employees: the freedom to speak up about anything and everything.

His memo has ignited a fierce debate about the company's culture.


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