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60 women threaten to sue Google over sexist allegations

10 August 2017

Pichai adds that Damore crossed the line "by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".

Damore told the Associated Press that he filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board before he was sacked and that he is exploring his legal options.

In the wake of the firing of a male employee at Google sending out a sexist memo proclaiming women are biologically less than men, 60 female staffers at Google are suing for alleged sexism over the pay gap.

Earlier this week, the public commended Google for firing a man who wrote a memo arguing that the gender gap in the tech industry was due to biology rather than institutional discrimination.

The e-mail also stated men have a "higher drive for status" but women aren't happy to work "long, stressful hours". Image via social media.

Needless to say, Google's new VP of integrity and diversity, who also happens to be a woman, gave a swift and diplomatic statement on this entire debacle. Some states including California have laws protecting political speech by employees but that protection would probably not apply to an internal memo focused on Google's own policies, Gould said.

The past few days have been very hard for many at the company, and we need to find a way to debate issues on which we might disagree - while doing so in line with our Code of Conduct.

"They are concerned that women are channeled to levels and positions that pay less than men with similar education and experience", he said. The company has denied the charges. "According to Kannan, the attitude emerging from the 10-page document was a classic example of falling victim to the unconscious bias €" prejudices which are defined by attitudes or stereotypes which affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner. Around half of those involved in the suit still work for Google.

Brown says Google attempts to create an inclusive environment that tolerates dissent.

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Wojcicki went on to explain how her daughter echoed a question that - whether asked outright, whispered quietly or simply lingering in the back of someone's head - has weighed heavily on her in her career in tech and was brought to the forefront last week by the memo.

Finberg told the Guardian that several of the women he interviewed to build this latest potential lawsuit against Google said male colleagues made $40,000 more per year for doing the same work.

Who is James Damore and has he apologised?

The Google debate is not new in itself and comes at a time when the US Department of Labour (DoL) is already all up in the firm for its lack of diversity, systematic underpayment of women and a threat from a presiding judge that he will demand to see some of Google's salary records.

He confirmed in an e-mail to Bloomberg that he has been sacked.

But Hirsch also said it was possible a quick settlement was less Damore's goal than publicity for his point of view.

"I value intellectual diversity and workers rights to not be fired for politely expressing the "wrong" opinion", Assange responded.

Geoffrey Miller, the evolutionary psychologist, told the BBC that Mr Damore got "most of the science right" and showed "pretty good judgment about what we know and what we don't know".

60 women threaten to sue Google over sexist allegations