Google town hall to address controversial internal memo canceled

  • Google town hall to address controversial internal memo canceled

Google town hall to address controversial internal memo canceled

The document actually went viral and as soon as the CEO of Google came to know about the matter, he fired the engineer.

The meeting was cancelled after employees who had sent preliminary questions started getting harassed online.

There was initially disagreement over whether to fire him, with some executives citing Google's desire to balance free speech with a safe workplace.

"We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism", Mr Damore wrote in his note, which was widely criticised.

Looking at who works for Google, it all makes sense now... The candid remarks come after Google received criticism from some diversity advocates for not initially taking a strong stance against an employee's memo that said men are more biologically prone to pursue careers in coding than women.

Women who work in the industry are increasingly choosing to speak out about their experiences in this male-dominated domain, and to challenge the statistics that demonstrate that they remain a minority, despite high-profile campaigns and initiatives aimed at redressing the balance.

Sundar Pichai has yet to schedule another meeting to address the issue with the rest of Google.

Yale University professor Nicholas Christakis suggested this was an example of ritual defamation
Yale University professor Nicholas Christakis suggested this was an example of ritual defamation

However, the premise of the memo was that Google's inclusion initiatives were reverse discrimination, when by objective diversity standards, the company, as it admits on its website: "is miles from where we want to be".

Damore was sacked from Google on Monday after his memo claiming biological differences make women less suited for careers in tech was widely circulated. Since the names of some of those employees have also been publicly disclosed on social media and websites, Google made a decision to cancel the meeting.

The all-hands meeting was scheduled following the leak of the "ideological echo chamber" memo that called the company's diversity efforts into question.

As Pichai wrote in the email, he has received anxious messages from several "Googlers" expressing concern for their well-being, according to the New York Times.

He said Google intends a series of internal forums in coming days to give people chances to speak freely without fear. Let me tell you all the reasons we think you're aaaawwwwweeeeeeesooooooome. It offers a candid observation on how Google has uncritically adopted a "moral bias" that favors "ideology" held by the "left".

A similar sentiment was recently expressed by Google's recently appointed Vice President of Diversity Danielle Brown who said that Alphabet's subsidiary seeks to nurture an open working environment where employees don't feel threatened or afraid of sharing their beliefs so long as such views are in line with the company's Code of Conduct.

Damore said he only wanted to correct Google's hiring practices that he said favored women, minorities, and some ethnic groups.