August 11, 2017
Following the debacle of James Damore’s ‘Diversity’ memo and subsequent firing, Google decided a companywide townhall meeting was necessary to address staff concerns with executives planning to field employees’ questions voted on by their peers. The questions with the most votes would get asked.
A sampling of some of the most popular questions as of Tuesday, according to employees, reflects the spectrum of views on the memo and its fallout.
One question asks how Google will protect female employees who have been harassed online for criticizing the memo.
Another asks whether Google lowers the bar for diversity candidates.
Some questions complain about how conservatives aren’t welcome at Google.
And one asks how Google plans to stop leaks to the press.
A person familiar added that an additional top question was: “What can we do to clarify for the entire company that there is one hiring bar,” regardless of race or gender?
However, as The Wall Street Journal reports, the meeting has been cancelled because right-wing websites published the names of employees who had proposed questions, raising security concerns.
Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said in an email to employees that the company decided to cancel the highly anticipated meeting after employees expressed concerns “about their safety and worried they may be ‘outed’ publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall.”
The implications of this are clear – there’s a leaker at Google.
Ironically, while the national liberal media speaks with one voice against Damore’s temerity to unleash some free speech bombs, and tech CEOs lined up arm in arm to support Pichai in his firing of Damore, Google employees are split over management’s dismissal of Mr. Damore, according to interviews and informal polls of employees. The Journal notes that some employees say Google…