Google fires employee behind controversial anti-diversity memo

CEO Sundar Pichai sent a note to employees about the person who wrote an internal memo that criticized Google's efforts to promote diversity in its workforce, saying the staffer violated the company's code of conduct.
1:47 | 08/08/17

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Now to that memo rocking the tech world. Google firing an engineer behind a document that questions women's roles in the industry. Google saying the memo promotes gender stereotypes. ABC's Nick watt has the details, joins us from Los Angeles. Good morning, Nick. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Well, Google's CEO reportedly rushing back from vacation to handle the fallout from this ten-page memo written by a male he can near that includes lines like women on average have more N neuroticis and abilities of men and women differ in part due to "Bachelorette LIV biological causes. He also accuses Google of a left wing bias. Now, late yesterday the 28-year-old engineer James Damore was fired. Google's CEO saying portions of the memo violate our code of conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace. Now, Damore trending on Twitter overnight and splitting opinions slammed bysome for a perceived misogynist point of view and others saying he was gagged accusing them of censorship. Google already fending off a lawsuit from the department of labor alleging discrimination, Google which does employ more men than women denies the charge and claims not to have a gender pay gap. So what is the fired engineer saying this morning? Well, this morning he is confirming by e-mail to news outlets that he was fired for, he says, perpetuating gender stereotypes and he is right now, he says, exploring possible legal remedies. The story, robin, far from over. The story and the issue far from over. Fierce debate. We switch gears to down

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