Google cancels all-hands diversity meeting over safety concerns

Google cancels all-hands diversity meeting over safety concerns

Business Insider notes that, "websites and videos on YouTube have listed Google employees by name along with their internal responses to Damore's memo", likely referencing Breitbart News' coverage of Damore's firing which included leaked messages from Google's internal chat network including discussion of Damore's internally communicated manifesto. In order to bring more women into software programming, Damore suggested Google "allow those exhibiting cooperative behavior to thrive". Damore is the kind of guy who felt the need to write a 10-page essay on why he disagrees with Google's diversity practices and then posts on an internal company discussion forum.

Google fired Damore on Monday.

"They are concerned that women are channelled to levels and positions that pay less than men with similar education and experience", Finberg was quoted as saying.

After the anti-diversity memo was made public, Pichai released a memo of his own on Tuesday addressing the importance of self-expression in the workplace while being aware of the company's code of conduct.

Following Damore's firing, a number of people have expressed the view that the company had taken the wrong course of action, though very few people agreed with Damore's hypothesis on the fundamental differences of men and women. The memo also gave advice on non-discriminatory ways that Google can adopt to reduce the gender gap.

Molyneux criticized the mainstream media's portrayal of Damore's memo, and praised him for writing it.

Executives, employees, lawmakers, and the media are all worked up about James Damore's memo.

"The whole point of my memo was to improve Google and Google's culture and they just punished me and shamed me", he said.

"What You Can't Say" is by no means a seminal text, but it is the sort of text that has, historically, spoken to a tech audience.

Damore had stayed largely silent since the weekend, only confirming to a few news outlets including Bloomberg why he believed he was sacked and that he was now exploring legal remedies. A Harvard spokeswoman said Damore only completed a master's in systems biology, a field that uses quantitative methods to study biological systems such as cells and organisms. Implicit in his criticism was what seemed like an undercurrent that men were somehow better suited than women for many tech jobs, and that Google was hiring or promoting women over men, even when the woman might not be the best person for the role. Titled as "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber", the article angered many in Silicon Valley because it relied on certain gender stereotypes.

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