Google Gender Discrimination Scandal Shocks the World

Sundar Pichai Google

New York Times columnist David Brooks wants Google's CEO to resign (GOOG, GOOGL)

Recently, a startup investor Alex Rubalcava who spotted the ads on benches and bus stops near the company's office in Venice had this to say: "Someone is in Venice is not happy about Google's firing of that memo guy". There may, indeed, be biological differences between the sexes that keep women from excelling in engineering and other sciences.

Over the last weekend, Motherboard reported the story which was followed by Gizmodo, which published the entire 10-page document. Damore, who has since been fired, has also said that he was considering suing Google.

"It's illegal to retaliate against an NLRB charge", he wrote in the email.

Google's Mountain View headquarters, along with other US offices of the company, will be targeted in the August 19 event, Posobiec said.

Google said Damore violated its code of conduct and his actions advanced harmful gender stereotypes.

"Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and anxious they may be "outed" publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall", Pichai wrote.

It was not immediately clear what legal authority Damore could try to invoke. At most businesses, these problems tend to be localized, with upper management more concerned about profit and shareholder relations; employees can shift to other units or more easily ignore and work around the problem.

Google must now grapple with possible lawsuits; a fired employee who's fast becoming a public figure; an ongoing debate over the limits of free speech; a surge of employees leaking information; and a struggle to protect employees as it becomes the latest villain for the alt-right.

Google is known for being a "good" company that cares about its employees but a recent scandal over gender discrimination makes us rethink that.

My goal here instead is to relate another Google bias-claims-and-employee-privacy story from last month, which would have counted as fairly significant news in its own right had it not soon been eclipsed by the memo episode. "Diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of our values and the culture we continue to cultivate".

We all have moral preferences and beliefs about how the world is and should be. However, some of these women are claiming that they only get paid two thirds of a man's wage.

That is actually an apt description of the environment Damore relates - a cult more than a workplace. While there are 20 per cent women in tech in Google in 2017 as compared to a mere 17 per cent in 2014, only one in four women hold leadership roles. On Breitbart News, once run by Steve Bannon, now chief strategist to President Donald Trump, commentators overnight discussed whether to boycott Google and switch to services such as Microsoft Corp's Bing.

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