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Damore's 10-page memo, which was leaked on the website Gizmodo and later on Motherboard, argued that Google has silenced anyone seeking to differ with official policy, leading to "an ideological echo chamber".
One of the things the memo suggests is that Google shouldn't administer programs for underrepresented racial or gender minorities.
LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: Good morning.
The memo instantly drew backlash from Google employees and the public at large.
It makes several more claims about why the gender gap exists before arguing that the company shouldn't "do arbitrary social engineering of tech just to make it appealing to equal portions of both men and women".
"The Google manifesto that came out with a Google employee saying women are inferior and that's why there are not as many women software engineers", Tara Dowdell declared.
GREENE: I can imagine.
"The company was founded under the principles of freedom of expression, diversity, inclusiveness and science-based thinking", Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt said at the time.
SYDELL: Exactly. So he sent it around to colleagues.
In a series of tweets that followed, Weinstein doubled down on his standpoint, saying he believes Google "just fired a biologist & created an unsafe work environment for *anyone* who even entertains selection in humans". So that's the reason that Google gave.
The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S., August 7, 2017. Google is also in the midst of a Department of Labor investigation into whether it pays women less than men. If Google wishes to maintain a corporate culture that fuses Animal Farm and 1984 together, then it can do so. Fine, though Google could still decide they don't want someone like that representing them.
GREENE: Well, has he responded?
CEO Sundar Pichaiwrote an email to the company that said the memo violated Google'scode of conduct and advanced "harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace". As one legal expert puts it to the Wall Street Journal, "Are you going to discipline employees for speaking their minds, when you've created a platform that encourages it?" So - and he obviously feels it is proof of exactly what he says.
While the issue of diversity is getting a lot of attention in Silicon Valley, these numbers are barely changing.
Some employees had used an internal discussion group to call for the engineer to be fired.
Tech firms have an abundance of "smart, confident people who think they have an obligation to share their wisdom with their coworkers", the executive said.
Such reasoning should be a sufficient reason for Mr Damore's firing, said Reuel Schiller, a professor and labour law expert at UC Hastings College of Law, since employee protections prevent people being fired for discriminatory reasons like a person's race or religion. And I think that's one of the reasons that Google was in a very hard position here about whether to keep him.
GREENE: NPR's Laura Sydell updating us on that story at Google.
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