Google CEO hosts 'town hall' after controversial gender memo

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Google CEO hosts 'town hall' after controversial gender memo

"People get offended because it goes against the left's ideology", Damore said during an interview on a conservative talk show.

"We were taken aback by this assertion, which came without any supporting data or methodology...", Google claims.

Mr Damore's firing triggered widespread debate on gender differences and efforts to make the technology sector more diverse. He suggested promoting more collaboration among coders, skills in which he says that women tend to excel.

Companies like Uber have been hit by allegations of pervasive discrimination and harassment against women. But Thursday's meeting is expected to be tense given the controversy Damore's memo stirred up both inside and outside the company.

In his memo, he said among other things women are unsuited to be good engineers because they're more interested in people than ideas.

He also argued that "neuroticism (higher anxiety, lower stress tolerance)" could be a factor in "the lower number of women in high stress jobs".

Damore defended himself over the backlash against his memo, claiming that there was consensus among psychologists that biological differences accounted for different "personality traits" between men and women.

"They are concerned that women are channelled to levels and positions that pay less than men with similar education and experience", Finberg was quoted as saying.

More than half of Google's employees believe former search engineer James Damore shouldn't have been fired, according to polls.

Damore apparently had been offered interviews by a number of major USA media outlets, however, appears to have chosen Molyneux for his apparent pro-male, pro-white, anti-feminist views.

A sampling of some of the most popular questions as of Monday night, according to employees, reflects the spectrum of views on the memo and its fallout. Google employees made up 441 of the responses to the survey, and 56 percent of them said they did not think Google should have fired Damore.

"Because the whole point of my memo was actually to improve Google, and improve Google's culture. I will be doing the same".

Google CEO Sundar Pichai described the document as "offensive" and "not okay" and Damore was booted from the company on Tuesday.

While the consensus within Google is that some portions of the memo are acceptable to discuss and are protected speech, portions of it violated Google's code of conduct and crossed the line by advancing gender stereotypes in the workplace.

Damore told Bloomberg TV in an interview that aired on August 9 that "it really feels like they betrayed me in some way".

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