Google employee’s anti-diversity memo causes company reproach


Google officials over the weekend hurried to blame an engineer’s memo that ascribed gender bias in the technology business to biological diversity, a picture that sparked abuse at the internet giant and aroused anxieties over sexual harassment and prejudice in Silicon Valley. The unnamed engineer stated in the 3,000-word document that flowed inside the organisation last week that “Google’s left bias has created a politically correct monoculture” which stopped fair treatment of the problem.

“Distribution of choices and abilities of men and women vary in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don’t see the equal portrayal of women in tech and leadership,” he stated.

The note stoked the dispute over the handling of women in the male-dominated Silicon Valley that has sputtered for months following sexual harassment aspersions at Uber Technologies Inc and various investment fund firms.

Google’s recently hired vice president of difference, honesty and governance, Danielle Brown, sent a memo in reply to the furore, saying the engineer’s composition “advanced incorrect assumptions about gender.”

Google engineering vice president Aristotle Balogh also inscribed an internal post examining the employee’s notice, saying “stereotyping and harmful assumptions” could not be allowed to play any part in the company’s culture.”

A Google spokesman told Reuters that the comments from Brown and Balogh were official acknowledgements from Google.

The controversy exploded as the Department of Justice extends to press an examination of alleged gender-based pay prejudice at Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc. The corporation has refused the assaults.

The episode also sparked debate on the proper limits of free speech in corporate environments.

“Google is not space where employees should be able to express and share whatever feelings they may have, regardless of how it affects others,” Shevinsky recorded.

Motherboard, the online news outlet that first reported the employee’s memo, said Sunday that several notes on the unknown corporate messaging app Blind confirmed support for the view that Google’s practice was politically accurate.