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CEO Sundar Pichai said James Damore crossed the line by pushing gender stereotypes in last week's internal memo. Image TheUSBPort

It circulated widely inside the company and became public over the weekend, causing a furore that amplified the pressure on Google executives to take a more definitive stand.

The memo, which some inside Google jokingly called a "manifesto", was widely shared inside and outside the company.

In a rebuttal to Google's move to fire Damore, Julian Assange has publically offered the Google engineer a job at Wikileaks stating that "Censorship is for losers" in his tweet and attaching a link to an extract from his book "When Google met Wikileaks".

Earlier, Google CEO Sundar Pichai had described the Damore's screed as violating Google's code of conduct and advancing harmful stereotypes about gender in the workplace.

The filing is not a complete surprise: Damore told Reuters and The New York Times on Monday night that he planned to file an NLRB complaint accusing Google's management of trying to silence him. In other words, this just might be a protected activity.

Erica Baker, a software engineer at Google for nine years, was shocked by that document.

To comment on VentureBeat Google people declined and they have pointed to a memo that Pichai wrote in response to the note.

The looming lawsuit comes as Google tries fighting off a misogynistic manifesto criticizing the company for a "left bias" in wanting to help women in tech.

However, he defended the author's right to criticise Google training, workplace ideology, and whether programmes promoting workplace diversity are adequately open to all. It's now being reported that James was sacked from Google for "perpetuating gender stereotypes" (among other things).

He argued that the company's diversity programs - including seminars that teach young girls coding skills - are "highly politicized".

Google has "a culture that is hostile to women", James Feinberg, a civil rights attorney told The Guardian.

Moreover, the conservatives expressing outrage over Damore's firing are arguably less upset about the notion of free speech being violated, and more outraged someone they strongly agree with got kicked to the curb.

Damore went a step further, however, by arguing that women are not biologically fit for tech roles.

As the company vice president for diversity and integrity, Danielle Brown stated, one of the core values that has been the driving force behind the company include diversity and inclusion.

A February 2016 study from the Peterson Institute for International Economics and EY showed companies with more women leaders are more profitable. It may sit the employee down and point out that in countries like Iran, 70 percent of the engineering and science graduates are women.

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