Monday, 21 August, 2017

Google CEO Cuts Vacation Short To Deal With Crisis Over Diversity Memo

Google worker's call for end to positive discrimination in favour of women and ethnic minority staff sparks backlash Google's infamous manifesto author is already a hero to the online right
Erik Tate | 10 August, 2017, 00:28

"It is accurate to say that retaliating against an employee because he or she has filed a complaint is illegal", Rowland said.

Pichai's pragmatism, however, has done little to placate the now-jobless Damore. Assange tweeted his support for Damore from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Assange, who is now residing at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, voiced his support for Demore on Twitter saying "censorship is for losers". To be sure, as Damore points out, there is "significant overlap between men and women" in terms of distributed characteristics, which makes it pointless to try and conclude anything about a specific individual given these population-wide tendencies. He and stated that because on average a woman's "extraversion" is expressed as "gregariousness rather than assertiveness" and that because women possess "higher agreeableness", they have a "harder time negotiating salary, asking for raises, speaking up, and leading". "To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK", he said in an email to staff.

James Damore, 28, a software engineer at Google since 2013, graduated from the UI in 2010, a UI spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

"Google's political bias has equated the freedom from offense with psychological safety, but shaming into silence is the antithesis of psychological safety", he wrote.

It argued that differences in pay between men and women in the technology sector are not entirely related to bias against women, but are partly attributable to biological differences between the genders, CNBC reported.

Lawyer wants Trump's testimony in 'fake news' suit against Fox
Butowsky , however, said that Wheeler was quoted accurately. "It's now all up to you. but don't feel the pressure". In a statement, Spicer said: "Ed is a longtime supporter of the president's agenda".

Klerman said it's "fairly common" for employees to be fired for making racist or sexist comments and that in this case, there would have been "more harm by not taking action". DOL regional director, Janette Wipper, testified in a San Francisco court at the time, "We found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce". But it is really the biological differences between men and women that are responsible for the gender gap, he argued.

Outrage from within and outside the company was swift, with #GoogleManifesto trending on Twitter.

Google's vice president of diversity, Danielle Brown, sent a memo in response to the fuss over the weekend, saying the engineer's essay "advanced incorrect assumptions about gender".

The fresh controversy comes with Silicon Valley struggling in the face of accusations of rampant sexual harassment and discrimination affecting startups like Uber and venture capital firms investing in the sector.

Civil rights attorney James Finberg is working on the potential case, and told the newspaper that the employees he has interviewed are 'concerned that women [at Google] are channeled to levels and positions that pay less than men with similar education and experience'.

The manifesto had its share of supporters sounding off on social media. That's something Wojcicki takes on directly, highlighting that while Google is fine with freedom of expression and employees voicing their opinions, there are still responsibilities that come with that freedom.

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