We’ve written plenty about that internal memo criticizing Google’s diversity initiatives the one that reportedly led to women staying home from work Monday because they were so upset by it. It’s worth discussing, though; the engineer who wrote it was fired after a media firestorm that drastically mischaracterized its contents. “I value diversity and inclusion [and] am not denying that sexism exists,” wrote James Damore, adding, “If we can’t have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem.”
So, naturally,Google CEO Sundar Pichai fired Damore and then scheduled that honest discussion about the topic. As it turns out, though, people won’t be able to share their feelings about Google’s “ideological echo chamber” because of a fear that they’ll be “outed.”
— Bloomberg (@business) August 10, 2017
Bloomberg reports that the all-hands meeting was canceled after questions that were to be asked were leaked online, leaving employees afraid they’d be harassed.
Google CEO: some of you are worried that you cannot speak out at work freely. pic.twitter.com/T8FSvwRHf4
— Scott McGrew (@ScottMcGrew) August 11, 2017
Geez, I wonder why any employee would get that notion.
— Stewart Hanson (@Jaystew17) August 11, 2017
Tends to happen when you fire and publicly humiliate/ruin an employee for speaking freely. https://t.co/whn8RRXSqP
— MrsFiveO (@MrsFiveO) August 11, 2017