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Google CEO Pichai cancels 'town hall' on gender dispute

Google CEO Pichai cancels 'town hall' on gender dispute

Someone with access to an employee-only version of Google Plus made screenshots of messages written by Google employees pledging to create blacklists of colleagues not supportive of the company's diversity measures.

Google is a particularly intense echo chamber because it is in the middle of Silicon Valley and is so life-encompassing as a place to work. Plenty of websites published internal posts and gave personal information on Google employees.

The software engineer who was sacked from Google for circulating a good-faith argument about diversity published a column in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Aug. 10, likening the tech giant's workplace culture to a cult where free speech is stifled and violators are punished.

Google has just endured what may be the most painful week in its history. Next to Pichai is the Google logo but instead the text reads "Not So Much".

"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. Critics of Damore's firing are planning to protest outside Google offices in five US cities.

Damore's Twitter account has nearly 60,000 followers despite starting days ago. The protest's organizers say they are reaching out to Damore to speak.

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". He's not the only one.

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The female employees of the tech giant contend that they have earned less than men at Google despite equal qualifications and comparable positions, the report quoted James Finberg, the civil rights attorney working on the possible legal action on behalf of the employees, as saying.

The "manifesto", as many have called it, listed multiple reasons why the author believed Google's efforts to increase the number of women in technical fields was unworkable, in part because he said women are more interested in people than ideas. And some are anxious that you can not speak out at work freely.

"Speaking up was prized even if that risked conflict", one former Google employee told CNN Tech.

Google seemed to reach its limit with that approach this week.

Damore said that he was largely ignored when the memo was circulating within the company, but when it went viral, those who disagreed with the content sent angry emails to the human resources department demanding that he be censored and punished. Some conservatives, meanwhile, appeared to feel marginalized by the reaction to the memo, according to another question. It signifies their belief that liberals stifle free speech by humiliating right-wing voices.

As this week's drama unfolded, Google quietly passed another milestone. That's a big challenge when Google's parent company, Alphabet, now employs 76,000 employees around the world.

This structure was supposed to make it easier for Google to grow new ventures and moonshot projects.