Google CEO speaks up on anti-diversity memo issue

Former U.S. CTO on Silicon Valley's Diversity Battle

Former U.S. CTO on Silicon Valley's Diversity Battle

Damore said in the email he was exploring his legal options.

Now some 69 percent of Google's employees are men, according to the company's latest figures, a proportion that rises to 80 percent when it comes to technology jobs.

While Google has remained steadfast that it does not orchestrate a culture of sexism or intentionally pay women less than men, the lawyer seeking to represent the plaintiffs said that based on their testimony so far, a major disparity is apparent.

The scandal started with the leaked manifesto that argued men occupy more leading roles in the tech industry due to "biological differences" which prompted the company to fire the author.

"They are concerned that women are channeled to levels and positions that pay less than men with similar education and experience", Finberg told the Guardian.

We live in a world where people aren't always willing to hear the opinions of others, something that many have pointed is a major problem with the internet and social media.

"He surely must have been aware that a new HR director was charged with addressing some of the issues he touched upon", she said, referring to Google's recently hired head of diversity, Danielle Brown.

"When it comes to diversity and inclusion, Google's left bias has created a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence", he writes in the memo.

The past few days have been very hard for many at the company, and we need to find a way to debate issues on which we might disagree - while doing so in line with our Code of Conduct.

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"But while people may have a right to express their beliefs in public, that does not mean companies can not take action when women are subjected to comments that perpetuate negative stereotypes about them based on their gender", the YouTube CEO writes. The company has denied the charges. Google should be hiring right-wing white guys who are open to business ideas rather than concentrating on hiring women and ethnic minorities he said.

In fact, what Damore's memo did was to criticize Google for promoting diversity among workers.

Gould also said that there have been decisions in California and in a handful of other states that said that when employees pursue subject matter that is "in the interest of public policy, they are protected by common law", he said, such as an employee who speaks out for believing an employer's health and safety is not meeting government regulations.

Wojcicki went on to explain how her daughter echoed a question that - whether asked outright, whispered quietly or simply lingering in the back of someone's head - has weighed heavily on her in her career in tech and was brought to the forefront last week by the memo.

As for the brewing class-action case, a Google spokesperson told the Guardian that "sixty people is a really small sample size".

Who is James Damore and has he apologised?

This situation has sparked a fierce debate online.

He confirmed in an e-mail to Bloomberg that he has been sacked.

"It is accurate to say that retaliating against an employee because he or she has filed a complaint is illegal", Rowland said.

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