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Report: Google ousts engineer over gender inequality memo

Google Inc. has fired James Damore, the engineer who wrote an internal memo on gender inequality, Reuters reported.

In July, Damore authored a memo entitled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber," in which he argued that the Alphabet Inc. unit had a "politically correct monoculture" that ignored differences between the sexes. He also accused the company of lowering the "bar for 'diversity'" candidates.

Danielle Brown, Google's vice president for diversity, has rejected Damore's "incorrect assumptions" and said the claims are not endorsed or promoted by the tech giant.

Damore, who said he was dismissed for "perpetuating gender stereotypes," has filed charges with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board against Google's senior management, accusing them of trying to shame him into silence.

Meanwhile, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told employees in a note that some portions of Damore's memo violate the company's code of conduct and advance "harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace," according to Reuters.