Google cancels all-staff diversity meeting

Google has cancelled an all-staff assembly to debate a controversial memo about variety written by former engineer James Damore.

It’s reported that some workers members had been involved about being singled out on-line in the event that they had been recognized whereas they spoke out throughout the assembly.

The agency mentioned it will “discover a higher means” to assist staff focus on the problems raised by the memo.

Mr Damore was fired for breaking Google’s code of conduct.

He had advised in his inside notice that there have been fewer girls in tech and management positions due to organic variations.

In accordance with Google’s most recent diversity figures, 80% of its tech workforce and 75% of its leaders are males.

“We have to cease assuming that gender gaps suggest sexism,” Mr Damore wrote in his notice, which was extensively criticised.

Mr Damore mentioned he had been despatched messages of assist from some workers on the tech big and he additionally acquired a job provide from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who tweeted “censorship is for losers”.

Google’s new vice-president Danielle Brown mentioned that Mr Damore’s view “superior incorrect assumptions about gender”.

“We’re unequivocal in our perception that variety and inclusion are essential to our success as an organization, and we’ll proceed to face for that and be dedicated to it for the lengthy haul,” she wrote in a press release published by Motherboard.

Evaluation: Zoe Kleinman, know-how reporter

The continued lack of variety in all the tech sector is a matter that has grown a fair greater head of steam in latest months, with a gradual stream of tales about huge corporations and massive names being held to account.

Ladies who work within the trade are more and more selecting to talk out about their experiences on this male-dominated area, and to problem the statistics which reveal that they continue to be a minority, regardless of high-profile campaigns and initiatives aimed toward redressing the stability.

James Damore’s suggestion that it’s as a result of they’re biologically much less suited to it has triggered appreciable anger, significantly amongst those that have cast profitable Stem (science, know-how, engineering and maths) careers.

Google has been very clear that Mr Damore didn’t converse on its behalf however it has additionally confronted criticism for firing him, with critics suggesting that the motion went towards the agency’s precept of free speech.


Revealed at Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:52:57 +0000