The fired Google engineer did a photoshoot outside the company's headquarters

Startup investor Alex Rubalcava‏ spotted the banners earlier today: "Someone is in Venice is not happy about Google's firing of that memo guy".

Google CEO Sundar Pichai denounced the memo in an email on August 7 for "advancing harmful gender stereotypes" and said he was cutting short a vacation to hold a town hall with staff on Thursday.

Jordan Bernt Peterson, a Canadian clinical psychologist, and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto posted on his Twitter page a lengthy interview with James Damore, putting everything the fired employee said in context. Google and Outfront didn't immediately return requests for more information.

James Damore, the engineer fired by Google after penning a memo crtiticizing the company's diversity policy, published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal explaining "Why I was sacked by Google". She said the personal essay proved his memo was "sexist" and "anti-diversity".

The controversy has fueled a national debate, at a time when Silicon Valley has had to grapple with tough questions about the diversity of its ranks. But diversity numbers are barely changing. Introduced as evidence in a lawsuit brought by a former employee alleging that Google's confidentiality agreements were illegal, the email was telling because it highlighted the importance of open discussion at the company as well as its potential perils.

In the 10-page, 3,300-word manifesto, the 28-year-old argues that a gender gap at Google exists not exclusively because of sexism, but in part because of "biological" differences between men and women. There may, indeed, be biological differences between the sexes that keep women from excelling in engineering and other sciences. Google said he had crossed the line "by advancing harmful gender stereotypes" and many employees were upset about the views outlined in the memo. While numerous female professionals criticized Damore's sweeping generalizations about women, others saw the upside - how it started a dialogue and cast attention on biases hurled at female workers. Someone with access to an employee-only version of Google Plus made screenshots of messages written by Google employees pledging to create blacklists of colleagues not supportive of the company's diversity measures. In the meantime, the fired Google employee has been thrust into the spotlight and gained several job offers.

And Google employees typically have a lot to say.

Vanessa Coleman

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