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In an April blog post, Eileen Naughton, vice president of people operations at Google, wrote the company was "quite surprised" at the allegations and that they came "without any supporting data or methodology". While some folks defend numerous views in the memo, at least one area of the manifesto triggered major backlash across the globe and caused his firing from Google.

"People get offended because it goes against the left's ideology", Damore said on the talk show.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is expected to lead the town hall with other members of the company's leadership.

Earlier in the day, employees began posting questions, reviewed by CNN Tech.

Ironically, then, Google has also been backing efforts to protect websites like Backpage, a classified ad site commonly used by human traffickers to sell sexual encounters with children.

"We are going to raise awareness about Google's one-sided bias and campaign against dissenting opinions and voices", far-right activist and protest march organizer Jack Posobiec told this news organization via Twitter.

There are "definite mixed feelings" inside the company, one employee said.

To that end, other USA lawmakers - including powerful groups like the Congressional Black Caucus - have pressed Google and its tech industry counterparts to get them to change their hiring and management practices.

Pichai, who said that parts of Damore's manifesto violated Google's code of conduct, cut his vacation short to attend today's meeting. But he added that "we strongly support the right of Googlers to express themselves, and much of what was in that memo is fair to debate, regardless of whether a vast majority of Googlers disagree with it".

The software engineer fired for writing an internal memo critical of diversity hiring policies at the company faces an uphill battle legally challenging his termination, but he could succeed in prolonging the controversy, potentially driving the tech firm to settle, legal experts said on Tuesday. Otherwise, Google's workforce is predominately male and white.

"There are some topics that are off limits, including gender and racial diversity", he said.

"It's demoralizing", said the worker, who requested The Guardian keep her identity secret for fear of retribution.

Google is now embroiled in controversy over claims of gender discrimination, after an "anti-diversity" letter went viral over the weekend.

All-hands meetings at the company are usually brutally frank, Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat said in May.