On Monday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent an email to employees saying that parts of a controversial internal memo written by a senior software engineer that went viral over the weekend "violated our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace." On Monday night, the author of the document, James Damore, told Bloomberg News that he had been fired. Google did not confirm the news, citing company policy, but did not dispute it. The memo is essentially an argument against efforts to hire more women for engineering and tech jobs without first changing the internal culture of Google to better fit innate biological gender differences. It contained some pretty broad gender generalizations, and said conservatives inside Google felt they couldn't discuss such issues as affirmative action openly without fear of shame or punishment.

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