After being terminated from Google, engineer James Damore is speaking out about allegations that he's sexist.
The 28-year-old's "anti-diversity manifesto"—a lengthy memo that outlined his reasoning that there are genetic differences in women that explain their underrepresention in Silicon Valley—went viral and was met with criticism within and outside Google.
As The Washington Post shares, Damore has given interviews since his termination to defend his stance and reputation. “I’m not saying that any of the female engineers at Google are in any way worse than the average male engineer,” Damore told Stefan Molyneux, host of "Freedomain Radio." “I’m just saying that this may explain some of the disparity in representation in the population.”
He then told Bloomberg TV, “The whole point of my memo was to improve Google and Google’s culture and they just punished me and shamed me for doing it,” he said. “I’m not a sexist.”
Damore filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday, alleging he was subjected to “coercive statements” by his former employer, according to the Associated Press. He is looking into other legal options.
Google leadership has come out against the memo.
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