Anti-diversity document written by Google employee encounters mass internal criticism

Google engineer denounced for diversity memo

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A Google employee's 10-page manifesto which railed against the company diversity initiatives went viral within the company and beyond.

Google is proud, and it publically highlights that it hires minorities and women to diversify the company's workforce. He goes on to claim that not all representation disparities are caused by oppression and hence can not be rectified by oppression, likely referring to a number of the company's efforts to hire more women in tech and software engineering in particular.

The employee who wrote the document argued that "the representation gap between men and women in software engineering persists because of biological differences between the two sexes".

Google's perceived political leanings also came under fire, with the author arguing that those with conservative views now have to "stay in the closet" to dodge open hostility.

"Only facts and reason can shed light on these biases, but when it comes to diversity and inclusion, Google's left bias has created a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence."

The memo contains plenty of sophomoric generalizations such as "Women on average look for more work-life balance while men have a higher drive for status on average", and "Feminism has made great progress in freeing women from the female gender role, but men are still very much tied to the male gender role". Gizmodo published a copy of the memo.

In the section where he goes on to describe how he believes Google should respond to his contentions, he encourages the company to "de-emphasise empathy", "stop alienating conservatives" and "be open about the science of human nature".

Google's new Vice President of Diversity, Integrity, and Governance, Danielle Brown, also issued her statement stating that discussion and communication are the most suitable ways to defuse such situations.

At least one male ex-Google employee penned a response vehemently disagreeing with the memo's conclusions, calling it "incredibly stupid and harmful" and saying its conclusions about gender fly in the face of all research done on that topic over decades. "Diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of our values and the culture". A string of Google employees expressed their anger as the document spread internally. A former anonymous employee stated that working at Google felt like being between some employees that thought diversity lowered the bar.

For its part, Google is pushing back against a Labor Department investigation into its pay practices that spilled into court recently. For the same work though, women get paid just as much as men.

The vice-president of engineering at Google, Ari Balogh, also weighed in on the latest furore with an internal memo criticising the manifesto.

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