Google cancels diversity debate Town Hall

Dozens Of Female Employees Accuse Google Of Gender Discrimination

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"Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and anxious they may be "outed" publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall", Pichai told employees, explaining his decision to cancel the all-hands meeting.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has canceled an all-hands meeting scheduled for Thursday afternoon to address the diversity controversy that has dogged company for the past week after some of the proposed questions were leaked online.

"We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we always do to bring us together and move forward", wrote Pichai.

"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 in an internal email. "And some are anxious that you can not speak out at work freely".

Mr. Pichai's latest comments on the matter indicate that Google is adamant to maintain its firm position on the subject, which some supporters of the polarizing memo and Mr. Damore himself claim is too left-oriented, a notion that the company promptly dismissed.

Wojcicki said that the memo must have caused others working inside the company to feel unsafe, and she thought about other women in different tech fields dealing with implicit biases that persist in the industry.

The company has not officially identified the engineer at issue, citing employee privacy.

While his views on gender were seen by many as offensive, there is some support for his criticism of Google's tolerance for diversity of opinion and the transparency of its diversity programs.

Damore, whom the Times said had worked at Google's search group, is now planning to sue his former employer for wrongful termination. "When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions".

Google Thursday canceled a Town Hall meant to air viewpoints on diversity, sexism and free speech, citing worker safety concerns. "There were many people that came to me and said, 'yeah I'm thinking of leaving Google because this is getting so bad"'.

Then, on Monday, Damore was sacked, shortly after Pichai said he had violated the company's code of conduct by perpetuating gender stereotypes. It quickly spilled over into an all-out culture war outside the company, putting Google and its employees in the crosshairs. "I want you to know there's a place for you in this industry".

The firing occurred while Google is embroiled in a legal dispute with the US Department of Labor over whether it pays female staff a fair wage.

Google also clarified their salary pattern by stating that there would be differences in the salaries of the employees which would be on the basis of the location, roles and responsibilities and performance of the employees, but it would never be on the basis of gender.

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