Originally published: August 7, 2017
A memo written by a male engineer at Google that ascribed gender inequality in the industry to biological differences sparked a quick rebuttal from the tech giant after it circulated widely online.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai denounced the memo in an email on Monday for "advancing harmful gender stereotypes" and said he was cutting short a vacation to hold a town hall with staff on Thursday.
The engineer, James Damore, was fired, according to Bloomberg, which cited an email from him. An email sent to an address believed to be used by Damore was not immediately returned; Google declined to comment.