Google CEO Sundar Pichai cancels company wide meeting due to controversy memo

Google CEO Sundar Pichai cancels company wide meeting due to controversy memo

The account, which is not verified but which the New York Times has confirmed is genuine, sports a profile photo of Damore wearing a custom t-shirt parodying the Google logo and reading "Goolag", an apparent pun on the prison camps introduced to the Soviet Union by Josef Stalin.

Firing him added to the problem too.

"Anyone who makes a statement like this and expects to stick foolish", said David Lewis, CEO of Operations Inc., a human resources consulting firm.

James Damore is the 28-year-old Harvard-educated engineer who was sacked from Google this week over a memo he wrote.

The memo, which was obtained by Gizmodo and circulated online, says men simply have a "higher drive" to succeed than women - thus leading to their lower status in the company.

As the harassment continued, it focused on specific employees who had spoken out in favor of Mr. Damore's dismissal.

Google leadership has come out against the memo. The Guardian reported the story on its front page under the headline "Google apologises after employee's anti-diversity tirade" which was doubly misleading: Damore is pro-diversity and his carefully argued, 3,300-word memo is the opposite of a "tirade". "I knew nothing about it before Technovation but I've fallen in love with it through the competition".

Broader protections are granted to comments about workplace conditions. Damore himself has filed a complaint with federal labor officials and has threatened to sue the company under California law. Many tech companies also pledge to interview, though not necessarily hire, minority candidates.

"Stop alienating conservatives", Damore wrote in his memo. It was Pichai (pictured) who made the final decision to fire the man who penned the controversial missive, "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber", a decision that has been controversial on different sides of the diversity debate.

He distributed the "memo" widely inside the company.

Still, bringing so much public, negative attention would spell trouble for any worker. However on Saturday, the document was leaked to the press and the case came to light from there.

Google wants to show that it's taking the issue of diversity seriously.

Perhaps the biggest lesson is this: Don't be so quick to post your angry thoughts for thousands, then millions, to see.

It took a life of its own as outsiders weighed in.

Rapidly becoming a poster boy for freedom of speech, Damore has since been offered a job by Julian Assange. While some quarters criticized the content, they were alternately disparaged by dissenters calling out the internet giant's gender and racial bias while clamping down on conservative opinions like Damore's. Mr. Damore said he had grown exhausted of what he saw as hypocrisy in the way that Google behaved. "The goal of the case is to not only get Google to change its practices, but to encourage other Silicon Valley companies to change their pay practices as well", Finberg stated.

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