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Google fired 48 employees for sexual harassment: CEO

CALIFORNIA” Google Inc Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said on Thursday the company had fired 48 employees for sexual harassment over the past two years. Pichai sent an email to Google employees in response to a New York Times story that was published earlier in the day. The report said the search engine giant protected three senior executives from allegations of sexual misconduct by offering them payouts. The email, a copy of which was seen by wire services, said of the 48 that were fired, 13 were senior managers or…

EU sanctions Myanmar generals over Rohingya; Myanmar says two are fired

LUXEMBOURG/YANGON: The European Union imposed sanctions on seven senior military officials from Myanmar on Monday, including the general in charge of an operation accused of driving more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh. Within hours of the EU announcement, the Myanmar military announced that one of the sanctioned generals had been fired on Monday and another had left the army last month after being removed from his post. The seven face asset freezes and are banned from travelling to the EU, after…

Facebook fires engineer who ‘violated user access’ to stalk women

WASHINGTON: Facebook spokesperson on Thursday said that they fired an employee accused of bragging about his access to private user information over matchmaking app Tinder. The incident comes as Facebook faces global concerns about personal data privacy, including Congressional hearings at which Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg testified. A Twitter user earlier on Wednesday posted about the Tinder conversation along with screenshots, saying Facebook's security engineer is "likely using privileged access to stalk…

Former engineer fired for ‘gender gap’ memo sues Google for discrimination

SAN FRANCISCO: A Google engineer who was fired after writing a memo defending the gender gap in Silicon Valley tech jobs as a matter of biology has sued his former employer for discrimination. The Dhillon Law Group said it was filing a class action law suit on behalf of James Damore and others it says were discriminated against due to their "perceived conservative political views," their gender and their Caucasian race. The complaint, filed in a court in Santa Clara, California, says Damore and his colleagues "were…

VIDEO: ‘Dead’ newborn baby found alive before cremation in India, two doctors fired

NEW DELHI: A shocking was reported from a Delhi hospital couple of days ago when doctors declared newborn twins dead and one of them was found alive by parents before cremation and it sparked anger after it was reported by the Indian media. Parents of a twin born prematurely at Max hospital Shalimar Bagh alleged that the hospital declared one of them dead when the baby still had signs of life. After outburst of anger from the public in particular, the hospital has fired two doctors for their blunder. The incident…

Tesla fired hundreds of employees in past week

Luxury electric vehicle maker Tesla fired about 400 employees this week, including associates, team leaders and supervisors, a former employee told Reuters on Friday. The dismissals were a result of a company-wide annual review, Tesla said in an emailed statement, without confirming the number of employees leaving the company. “It’s about 400 people ranging from associates to team leaders to supervisors. We don’t know how high up it went,” said the former employee, who worked on the assembly line and did not want to be…

Fired Google engineer hires prominent Republican lawyer in legal fight

WASHINGTON: The engineer fired from Google for writing a memo critical of the company's diversity hiring policies has hired a lawyer who is a member of the Republican National Committee to represent him. James Damore has not sued Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, over his termination but said earlier this month he is exploring his legal options. Conservative lawyer Harmeet Dhillon, a member of the party-leading Republican National Committee, said on Wednesday she is representing Damore. Before his firing, Damore…

Comey says Trump fired him to undermine FBI Russia investigation

WASHINGTON: Former FBI director James Comey on Thursday accused President Donald Trump on Thursday of firing him to try to undermine the bureau's investigation into possible collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign team and Russia. Trump dismissed Comey on May 9 and the administration gave differing reasons for the action. Trump later contradicted his own staff and acknowledged on May 11 that he fired Comey because of the Russia probe. Asked at a US congressional hearing why he was fired, Comey said he did…

Top US prosecutor fired after refusing White House order

NEW YORK: High-profile New York prosecutor Preet Bharara -- who was among the federal attorneys asked to resign by the White House -- said Saturday that he has been fired. US President Donald Trump's administration on Friday demanded the resignations of dozens of US prosecutors -- including Bharara -- appointed during the two terms of his predecessor Barack Obama. The federal attorney's firing capped a standoff with the Trump administration that started when Bharara refused the White House order to resign. "I did…