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13 August 2017, 04:39 | Justin Tyler
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James Dimore, who was recently fired from Google for a controversial 10-page memo he wrote about gender diversity at the company, has penned an open letter likening his former employers to "the mob".
Damore's views came after Google's Indian-born CEO Sundar Pichai addressed a coding event for girls on the sprawling campus at Mountain View, California, after the manifesto claimed that "the representation gap between men and women in software engineering persists because of biological differences between the two sexes".
Damore lost his job Monday after a firestorm erupted over the weekend when his memo went viral.
Google has drawn severe criticism over firing James Damore as several anti-Google Ads have popped-up in public places across the streets of Venice. The document slammed Google's "politically correct monoculture" and advanced gender stereotypes about women in the workplace. With free food, internal meme boards and weekly companywide meetings, Google becomes a huge part of its employees' lives.
The memo sparked widespread rage and heated debate among employees from various companies including Google, Uber, Yahoo, Airbnb, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon.
In a statement, Google said it was "concerned that providing personal contact information for more than 25,000 Google employees could have privacy implications, and the judge agreed, citing the history of government data breaches and recent hacking of Department of Labor data".
For those not following along, Damore, a senior engineer at the world's biggest search engine, wrote a memo about a month ago entitled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber". "I got that at Google before all of this leaked". 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.
"If Google continues to ignore the very real issues raised by its diversity policies and corporate culture, it will be walking blind into the future-unable to meet the needs of its remarkable employees and sure to disappoint its billions of users", Damore wrote. "But our Dory questions appeared externally this afternoon, and on some websites Googlers are now being named personally", Pichai said in an email to staff.
Pichai has cut short his vacation and along with his leadership team, he will be addressing Googlers on Thursday in a town hall meeting.
Damore's op-ed follows interviews he gave earlier this week with Bloomberg News, as well as an independent broadcaster on YouTube. Critics of Damore's firing are planning to protest outside Google offices in five USA cities.
Damore'sTwitter account has nearly 60,000 followers despite starting days ago.
Meanwhile, Damore has appealed in a complaint against Alphabet to protect his rights under a provision of the National Labour Relations Act.
Perhaps most pertinently, 441 Google employees responded.
A Google spokesperson declined to comment on the pending class-action. The loud voice here is the liberal one.
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