Google Fires The Writer Of Anti-Diverse Memo

Dozens Of Female Employees Accuse Google Of Gender Discrimination

Pichai cancelled the meeting after several questions employees had for the management began to leak online from the company's internal messaging service, AP reported.

Google reportedly called-off a company-wide meeting planned for yesterday to discuss a former employee's controversial gender-diversity memo, due to employees fearing that they'd face online harassment.

Pichai said that he has met with many people at Google about the controversy, with the vast majority supporting the decision to fire the author of the manifesto.

"We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we always do to bring us together and move forward", Pichai wrote to employees.

Some Google employees were said to have been named personally on social media and various websites, prompting concern about whether they could candidly ask questions at the town hall.

"Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and anxious they may be "outed" publicly for asking a question in the town hall".

In an editorial in Fortune, Susan Wojcicki, the chief executive of YouTube, which is owned by Google, said she had faced slights throughout her career because of the idea that biological differences could explain why there were fewer women in leadership roles in the tech industry.

He also argued that Google's culture was biased against people with politically conservative views, and questioned its diversity training.

The resulting firestorm rippled across Google and Silicon Valley, leaving the company scrambling at times to keep pace.

Inside Google, the memo and its fallout represent perhaps the biggest setback to what has been a foundational premise for employees: the freedom to speak up about anything and everything.

Wojcicki's response is certainly one that's more deeply felt compared with that of Pichai, who said many points in the memo are fair to debate but also noted it violated Google's code of conduct by advancing harmful gender stereotypes.

In an interview with The Verge, one Google employee said of the internal leak and colleagues at Google: "What really gets me is that when Googlers leaked these screenshots, they knew this was the element of the Internet they were leaking it to".

In a new column out Friday titled "Sundar Pichai Should Resign as Google's C.E.O.", Brooks takes Pichai to task over his handling of Damore's firing. Only 1% of the workforce is Afro-American while women amount to only 20% of the total employees at the company. The ordeal is unlikely to help Google's chances at winning its ongoing legal battle with the United States Department of Labor which recently accused the company of systematically underpaying women.

Google often champions itself as a company that embraces alternative views and thinking, with Brown noting the company is open to hosting "difficult political views".

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