Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Google Cancels Meeting Intended To Address Anti-Diversity Memo

Google Cancels Meeting Intended To Address Anti-Diversity Memo

Alphabet's Google (GOOGL.O) canceled on Thursday a company-wide meeting scheduled to discuss the controversy over a memo opposing diversity policies, the company said, citing concerns about personal attacks on employees from far-right commentators.

The ongoing lack of diversity in the entire tech sector is an issue that has grown an even bigger head of steam in recent months, with a steady stream of stories about big firms and big names being held to account.

In the controversial 3,000 word memo written by Damore, the 28-year-old engineer blamed the gender pay gap in the tech industry on biological differences between men and women.

In a memo sent late on Thursday, Sundar Pichai informed all 60,000 employees at the Mountain View campus that they wouldn't be meeting in the afternoon over some concerns voiced by members of the community.

James Damore, the former Google engineer who was sacked Monday after posting a missive criticizing the company's diversity programs that leaked online. Being a federal contractor, Google is subject to periodical government reviews of its business practices, though it's now unclear whether the latest controversy has a realistic chance of affecting its status with the administration.

Google employees had submitted more than 520 questions for the meeting, according to Wired.

Dory is an internal Q&A tool that allows employees to ask questions before meetings, including all-hands meetings and town halls.

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Danielle Brown, Google's vice-president for diversity, integrity, and governance, also wrote to employees, telling them that the memo "advanced incorrect assumptions about gender". Milo Yiannopoulos of Breitbart posted photos of several pro-diversity Googlers to his Facebook page.

In what we can only assume is great news for AltaVista and Ask Jeeves, anti-diversity advocates and the "PC culture-gone crazy" crowd have declared war on Google, attempting to organize a march on several of its business headquarters in the USA, scheduled to take place next week.

Damore has also filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board and has expressed interest in taking legal action against Google.

Representatives for Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment for this story.

Google officials quickly distanced themselves from the memo before firing Damore.

Another echoed Damore's criticisms: "I am a moderately conservative Googler, and I am and have been scared to share my beliefs".

Alt-right sites have gladly taken the personal info of some of these employees who are against Damore's views and published them for everyone to see and use as they wish. The loud voice here is the liberal one. "What is leadership doing to ensure Googlers like me feel invited and accepted, not just tolerated or safe from angry mobs?"

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