Google Hosts Town Hall to Discuss Diversity in Its Ranks

11 August, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Franklin Nunez
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Google's CEO said that the memo about biological differences between men and women was "not OK". Discrimination lawsuits might not directly target a Google decision not to fire Damore but could cite it as evidence of a "hostile work environment", said Segal. The 10 page documented, titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber", circulated last week.

Hiawatha Bray, technology writer for the business section of The Boston Globe.

Google employees will gather for a town hall meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss the tensions ignited by a memo circulated inside the company that claimed to explain why more women are not engineers.

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Taking cognizence of the matter, Google's chief executive, Sundar Pichai, said portions of the memo had violated the company's code of conduct and crossed the line "by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".

In response to the screed by former engineer James Damore - which attributed a lack of women in tech to "personality differences between genders" - lawmakers on Capitol Hill are slamming Google and its peers for failing manifestly to recruit, retain and protect workers of diverse backgrounds. At Alphabet, which has almost 76,000 employees, Mr. Damore's firing has posed a test for how employees' views compare with their co-workers', inflaming feelings still raw from the divisive presidential election, employees said.

The report quoted a female Google employee as saying that she regularly dealt with sexist remarks such as comments about her looks.

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To that end, other US 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. But the employee said the diversity program risks breeding dissent among the mostly white and Asian male staff, and he agreed with Mr. Damore that open discussion isn't possible at Google.

Michael Willemin, a plaintiff's lawyer with employment firm Wigdor, also said Damore would have a hard time bringing a retaliation claim based on the idea that his memo constituted a complaint about discrimination against men.

But, as the employee memo shows, not everyone at Google is happy with this.

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