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Google prevails in firing of diversity critic

Joe Mont | February 21, 2018

A Google employee who authored a memo that mocked the company’s diversity policies and hiring of female coders has lost his appeal to the National Labor Relations Board.

The decision comes from an advice memo the agency issued to Google.

“Around that same time, numerous employees complained to HR about the [Damore’s] memorandum and at least two female engineering candidates for employment withdrew from consideration, citing the memo as their reason for doing so. Additionally, at least one employee contacted [Damore] directly and threatened retaliation,” Jayme Sophir, associate general counsel, Division of Advice.

The memo “posited that the Employer had a left-leaning ‘monoculture’ that created an ‘ideological echo chamber’ where contrary viewpoints were shamed intosilence.”

Other elements of the memo:

  • Women are more prone to “neuroticism,” resulting in women experiencing...
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