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Google fires worker who sent incendiary diversity memo

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Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

A Google employee who wrote an internal memo critical of the company’s diversity efforts has been fired, according to reports late Monday. Senior engineer James Damore confirmed his identity and dismissal to Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal on Monday, threatening to sue after he was dismissed by Alphabet Inc. GOOG, -0.24% GOOGL, -0.16%  Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said in a note to employees that the memo violated the company’s code of conduct “by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.” Damore’s memo created a firestorm of controversy that likely won’t end with his firing. The 10-page document accused Google of being an echo chamber and intolerant of conservative viewpoints, and claimed biological differences kept women from executive positions.