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Google CEO Pichai Cancels Gender Dispute Meeting

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Theresa Hayes | 13 August, 2017, 17:18

Memegen, an internal forum that uses images overlaid with amusing captions, was filled with irreverent posts that openly mocked how an email discussing the memo from Sundar Pichai, Google's chief executive, had leaked to the media so quickly.

She concluded that there was no truth in Dimore's suggestion that there is a biological reason there are fewer women in tech leadership. Some of the Google employees also identified as gay or supportive of diversity efforts.

On Friday, Susan Fowler, the former Uber engineer who shone a spotlight on the ride-hailing giant's workplace culture and diversity issues, weighed in after Damore's op-ed. And needless to say, the issue isn't going away anytime soon.

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai told employees in a note on Monday that portions of the anti-diversity memo "violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace". When Blind asked its users if they thought Google should have fired Damore, over 4,000 from different companies weighed in.

"We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we always do to bring us together and move forward", Pichai said in a memo to employees on Thursday. "But our Dory questions appeared externally this afternoon, and on some websites Googlers are now being named personally", Pichai said in an email to staff.

Damore has been on a media tour, giving interviews to Bloomberg and conservative YouTube host Stefan Molyneux.

A number of employees sent emails to Pichai and told managers that they planned to skip the meeting because they were anxious that they would face online reprisals for speaking out.

Milo Yiannopoulos, a known provocateur and former editor at Breitbart News, posted a photo showing the Twitter profiles of eight Google employees, including Brown, who spoke out publicly against the memo.

Damore's Twitter account has nearly 60,000 followers despite starting days ago.

The US National Labor Relations Act guarantees workers, whether they are in a union or not, the right to engage in "concerted activities" for their "mutual aid or protection".

In a statement, Google said it was "concerned that providing personal contact information for more than 25,000 Google employees could have privacy implications, and the judge agreed, citing the history of government data breaches and recent hacking of Department of Labor data". Google was justified in revoking his right to represent it as an employee.

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. It signifies their belief that liberals stifle free speech by humiliating right-wing voices.

Several conservative activists have criticized Damore's firing, and some groups have called for a Google boycott.