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Google cancels town hall meeting, and fired engineer tells his side of the story – Los Angeles Times

A day after Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai canceled a staff meeting to address gender discrimination, the former employee behind a memo deriding the company’s diversity efforts wrote an essay explaining why he thinks he was fired.

In a column published Friday on the Wall Street Journal’s website, former Google engineer James Damore — who argued in a memo that biological differences help explain why women are underrepresented at the company — blames his termination on the firm’s “ideological echo chamber.”

“My 10-page document set out what I considered a reasoned, well-researched, good-faith argument, but as I wrote, the viewpoint I was putting forward is generally suppressed at Google because of the company’s ‘ideological echo chamber,’ ” Damore wrote. “My firing neatly confirms that point. How did Google, the company that hires the smartest people in the world, become so ideologically driven and intolerant of scientific debate and reasoned argument?”

Google had scheduled an internal town hall meeting Thursday to allow employees to discuss grievances over a flareup that has consumed the company for much of the week, but Pichai said in an email to staff it had been a canceled after several Google employees became fearful for their safety and grew concerned about being outed for speaking up at the town hall.

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Google cancels town hall meeting, and fired engineer tells his side of the story – Los Angeles Times
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