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By David Ingram and Jonathan Allen

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The male Google engineer


fired for circulating a memo decrying the company's diversity hiring
program became the center of a heated debate on sexism, drawing
scorn, cheers and even a job offer on Tuesday from WikiLeaks
publisher Julian Assange.
Over half of Google employees polled say the
James Damore, 28, confirmed his dismissal from Alphabet Inc's web giant shouldn't have fired the engineer
Google on Monday, after he wrote a 10-page memo that said the behind the controversial memo
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company was hostile to conservative viewpoints and shaped by a
flawed left-wing ideology.

The manifesto was quickly embraced by some, particularly on the


political right, branding him a brave truth-teller. Others found his views,
which argued that men in general may be biologically more suited to
coding jobs than women, offensive.

Assange, praised by some for exposing government secrets and


castigated by others as a nation security threat, offered Damore a job. These Defense Stocks Are Unstoppable
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"Censorship is for losers," Assange wrote on Twitter. "Women & men
deserve respect. That includes not firing them for politely expressing

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ideas but rather arguing back."

Legal and employment experts noted, however, that companies have


broad latitude to restrict the speech of employees and that First
Amendment protections do not apply in the workplace. Some argued
that Damore's views left Google little to no choice but to terminate his
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Damore said in an email on Monday that he was exploring a possible


legal challenge to his dismissal. His title at Google was software
engineer and he had worked at the company since December 2013,
according to a profile on LinkedIn.

The LinkedIn page also says Damore received a PhD in systems


biology from Harvard University in 2013. Harvard said on Tuesday he Thunder center Steven Adams shaves
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immediately be reached on Tuesday.

Silicon Valley tech companies have been under mounting criticism for
not doing enough to promote gender equality and stamp out sexual
harassment.

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The U.S. Labor Department is investigating Google to see whether the
firm has unlawfully paid women less than men. Google denies that it
does.

Industry experts note that in the early days of tech it was mostly
women who held the then-unglamorous jobs of coding. But as the
value of top-notch programming became clear, it became a mostly
male domain and the vast majority of programmers in the tech industry
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Other tech companies on Tuesday were closely watching the after two men arrested
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caught in another debate over gender and diversity.

"Every large organization has a James Damore - but at tech


companies, they're more liberated to share their personal views," an
executive at one major Silicon Valley firm said, speaking on condition
of anonymity.

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Damore posted his memo on an internal Google message board that is


widely accessible within the company.

Some argued that although they may not agree with Damore, the
company had gone too far in firing him.

"Dear @Google, Stop teaching my girl that her path to financial


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Bernice Ledbetter, who teaches leadership to business students at


Pepperdine University, praised Google for taking decisive action. She
said it would be a different matter if Damore were writing on a personal
blog rather than in a memo.

"He's walking dangerously between who he is personally and who he is


professionally," Ledbetter said in an interview.

Damore wrote in an email to Reuters on Monday that he was fired for


"perpetuating gender stereotypes." His memo had said that he sought
the opposite.

"I'm also not saying that we should restrict people to certain gender
roles," Damore wrote in his memo. "I'm advocating for quite the
opposite: treat people as individuals, not as just another member of
their group (tribalism)."

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