Google Fires Author of Controversial Diversity Memo

Google this week dismissed a worker who penned a controversial, 10-page memo that questioned a company’s farrago efforts.

In a note to employees posted on a Google blog, CEO Sundar Pichai stressed that “we strongly support a right of Googlers to demonstrate themselves, and most of what was in that memo is satisfactory to debate, regardless of either a immeasurable infancy of Googlers remonstrate with it. However, portions of a memo violate a Code of Conduct and cranky a line by advancing damaging gender stereotypes in a workplace.”

Reports of a memo initial emerged final week on Motherboard; Gizmodo after published it in full.

The memo started with a call for an honest contention on farrago and inclusion; a worker writes that he is “not denying that sexism exists, and [I] don’t validate regulating stereotypes,” though criticized Google’s “culture of degrading and misrepresentation, [which] is unpleasant and unaccepting of anyone outward a relate chamber.”

But he afterwards argues that “differences in distributions of traits between group and women competence in partial explain because we don’t have 50 percent illustration of women in tech and leadership,” and says “discrimination to strech equal illustration is unfair, divisive, and bad for business.”

In a territory called “Personality differences,” a worker trots out a common stereotypes about women, including that they “on average, have more…neuroticism (higher anxiety, reduce highlight tolerance).” According to him, “this competence minister to a aloft levels of highlight women news on [Google’s yearly surveys] and to a reduce series of women in high highlight jobs.”

In his memo, Pichai says “our co-workers shouldn’t have to worry that any time they open their mouths to pronounce in a meeting, they have to infer that they are not like a memo states, being ‘agreeable’ rather than ‘assertive,’ display a ‘lower highlight tolerance,’ or being ‘neurotic.'”

Pichai does acknowledge, however, that “there are co-workers who are doubt either they can safely demonstrate their views in a workplace (especially those with a minority viewpoint). They too feel underneath threat, and that is also not OK. People contingency feel giveaway to demonstrate dissent.

I’d inspire any of we to make an bid over a entrance days to strech out to those who competence have opposite perspectives from your own. we will be doing a same,” according to Pichai, who says he’s slicing brief a designed family vacation to residence how to “create a some-more thorough sourroundings for all.”

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