Google Hosts Town Hall to Discuss Diversity in Its Ranks

Over 60 women are considering suing Google over claims of sexism and low pay

James Damore, the Google engineer that was sacked for writing a memo criticizing the company's diversity policies, said in a Thursday interview that Google employees publicly criticize people based on race and gender in meetings.

In his memo, he said among other things women are unsuited to be good engineers because they're more interested in people than ideas. And one employee said his managers' reaction to Mr. Damore's firing "has made it explicitly clear that any view not left (of) center is not welcome". "I had some discussions there, there was lots of just shaming, and "No you can't say that, that's sexist" and 'You can't do this, '" he said. He suggested promoting more collaboration among coders, skills in which he says that women tend to excel. Plus, Damore describes his motivations for writing a memo that triggered his departure from the search giant. The host also said he believed critics targeted Damore in large part because he is a white man, and claimed white privilege is "the opposite of privilege". Despite the fact that his memo was created and shared internally a month ago, no one from the company's management warned him about possible repercussions of sharing it more widely, he said. At Alphabet, which has almost 76,000 employees, Mr. Damore's firing has posed a test for how employees' views compare with their co-workers', inflaming feelings still raw from the divisive presidential election, employees said. Peterson, however, encouraged him to rethink that position. "While this memo might not reflect the views of Google as a company, the discriminatory beliefs espoused within the memo points to a problematic culture and mindset that persists within the tech industry as a whole".

Employment lawyers told Reuters Thursday that Damore's case against Google may not be a legal success, but could potentially lead to a settlement with one of the world's most valuable companies.

The last has not been heard over Google's memo scandal as over 60 former and current female employees of the tech company are considering a suit over pay gap and sexism allegations. "And as my child asked me the question I'd long sought to overcome in my own life, I thought about how tragic it was that this unfounded bias was now being exposed to a new generation".

Memo author James Damore, 28, received jeers, cheers and a job offer from WikiLeaks, while the debate raged on social media and some tech firms took steps to prevent similar episodes from embroiling their companies.