Damore stated that women tend to be more interested in people rather than things, "empathizing vs. systemizing", whereas men have a higher drive for status and so tend to end up in leadership positions.
KELLY ELLIS: I know women who are actually taking sick days today. In the video, the software engineer revealed he created the document - started on a 12-hour flight during a work trip to China - after attending a "secretive" diversity training session that rubbed him the wrong way. She still has a lot of friends who work there.
Damore's memo and his firing have quickly become flashpoints in the culture wars with right-leaning writers and websites embracing Damore's stand against "political correctness" and those on the left decrying his "sexist" arguments.
ELLIS: For me, it's unfortunately completely unsurprising because I saw similar language when I was at Google.
The controversy has come at a sensitive time for Google, which is under investigation by the USA government after accusations of gender pay inequality, and has been forced to hand over pay records. It has accused the company of systematically discriminating against women. The company has denied the charges. Internally, Google has increased mandatory participation in programs aimed at unconscious biases. He asserted his right to bring up the highly controversial subjects of biological and personality differences between men and women, as well as how he believed Google's attempts to elevate the latter group to top jobs were "unfair, divisive, and bad for business".
She said the engineer's essay "advanced incorrect assumptions about gender".
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The past few days have been very hard for many at the company, and we need to find a way to debate issues on which we might disagree - while doing so in line with our Code of Conduct. Twitter has been filled with responses to the controversy.
Some employees had used an internal discussion group to call for the engineer to be fired.
"It's demoralizing", a former senior manager told The Guardian.
Many slammed Damore over the e-mail, with colleague Andrew Bonventre writing: "That garbage fire of a document is trash and you are (sic) wonderful coworkers who I am extremely lucky to work with".
Roy Gutterman, a free speech authority at Syracuse University, noted that the traditional objective of anti-discrimination laws have been to protect historically disadvantaged groups, not white men. But the fact that this particular employee could have an impact on hiring and payment might leave him open to being terminated. Peterson attracted attention past year with his vocal opposition to a Canadian hate-speech bill that he feared would require him to use gender-neutral pronouns for transgender people. It may sit the employee down and point out that in countries like Iran, 70 percent of the engineering and science graduates are women.