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Google has prided itself on its openness. This past January, in its last month of office, the Obama DoL followed up with a lawsuit alleging that Google had not been forthcoming enough in providing employee information in response to the review, and asking a court to order it to comply. They can use Memegen to criticise management and openly challenge executives with questions voted on by employees at weekly companywide meetings. I've already had my say in Wednesday's USA Today on how existing federal law would have helped shape Google's incentives in handling that furor.
That openness has gone hand-in-hand with the expectation that what was said at Google would stay within Google.
The software engineer who was sacked from Google for circulating a good-faith argument about diversity published a column in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Aug. 10, likening the tech giant's workplace culture to a cult where free speech is stifled and violators are punished.
Google said Damore violated its code of conduct and his actions advanced harmful gender stereotypes.
Damore asserts that he was "fired for telling the truth" - a point he reinforced with his recently opened Twitter account @fired4truth.
My 10-page document set out what I considered a reasoned, well-researched, good-faith argument, but as I wrote, the viewpoint I was putting forward is generally suppressed at Google because of the company's "ideological echo chamber".
"He has created a workplace culture in which those with opinions like Damore's will be intimidated into remaining silent", Singer added. Take a look at a couple more banners below.
He was sacked on Monday, and the situation quickly escalated. Google's chief of diversity, Danielle Brown, has less than 2,000 followers.
The screenshots appeared on Breitbart News, which has celebrated Damore's memo as an example of Silicon Valley's intolerance of conservative views. Around half of the 60 women considering suing Google are current employees, Finberg said, adding that over a dozen women admitted that discrimination at work played a role in their leaving the firm.
Following Damore's memo, some "minority Googlers" were hurt by the "perception they are less qualified", according to one question posted to the company's internal message boards for the all-hands meeting.
The town hall meeting late on Thursday was cancelled, according to Recode, after some employees reportedly expressed the fear that they would be targets of online harassment if they speak up and ask questions in the meeting. Pichai's email was sent about an hour before the event was to start Thursday afternoon.
In an essay published in The Wall Street Journal on Friday, Mr. Damore said "there was no outcry or charge of misogyny" when he shared the memo initially.