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Google Inc. did not violate federal labor law in firing an engineer who wrote a widely circulated memo that argued women were not as biologically fit as men for tech jobs, according to a National Labor Relations Board lawyer’s memo that was disclosed on Feb. 15.

Former Google engineer James Damore filed a complaint with the labor board after he was terminated by the Mountain View, California-based company. Damore’s memo, which went viral, called inclusion efforts an “ideological echo chamber where contrary views are shamed into silence.” The memo cemented an impression that tech has been and still is a white, male-dominated industry.

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