Jan 8, 2018

Google memo author sues over discrimination against conservative white men

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James Damore, a former Google engineer who was fired for his infamous memo about diversity last year, has filed a lawsuit against the search giant for allegedly discriminating against conservative white men. He's joined by another former Google engineer, David Gudeman, who spent three years at the company.

Why it matters: Just a few months ago, three female former Google engineers (recently joined by another female former employee) filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging gender-based pay discrimination. Last summer, the Department of Labor probed the company after it found evidence, during an audit, of pay discrimination resulting in lower wages for women.

Details: In their complaint, the men accuse Google of having illegal hiring quotas as part of its efforts to diversify its workforce, discriminating against white men, and fostering a negative environment for conservative white men, including openly shaming them for their views.

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Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

India gives Trump warm welcome as brutal protests rip New Delhi apart

People supporting India's new citizenship law beat a Muslim man in New Delhi, India. Photo: Danish Siddiqui/TPX/Reuters

While President Trump enjoys a hero's welcome in India, that nation's capital is being torn apart by violent protests between Hindus and Muslims.

The state of play: At least 186 people — 56 police officers and 130 protesters — have been injured and 10 killed in recent clashes, a New Delhi police spokesperson told the AP.

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Wall Street sees 2nd day of brutal sell-off

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The stock market fell another 3% on Tuesday, following Monday’s sell-off. Bond yields touched record lows.

The big picture: Stocks continued to fall as the CDC said it expects the coronavirus to spread in the U.S. The Dow and S&P are more than 7% below the record highs seen earlier this month.

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