Google employees are up in arms after a senior engineer at the company penned an anti-diversity manifesto that has spread through the company like wildfire.
The manifesto criticizes company initiatives aimed at increasing gender and racial diversity and argues that Google should instead focus on “ideological diversity,” according to a report by Vice’s Motherboard, which first reported the news late on Friday. The 10-page treatise also claims that biological difference between men and women are responsible for the underrepresentation of women in the tech industry.
“We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism,” reads the document, a copy of which was obtained by Gizmodo.
News of the document has sparked widespread outrage on the internet, including by several Google employees who took to Twitter to denounce it.
The doc was a disaster from a truly bad place. Pure toxicity. Be assured we are all with you (and feeling the same).
— Louis Gray (@louisgray) August 4, 2017
The article is publicly supported by many people internally.
Begs the question, how many privately support/agreee/subscribe.
— Sarah Adams (@sadams007) August 5, 2017
He's not been fired as of this writing. The screed is *still* accessible by all employees.
— Liz Fong-Jones (@lizthegrey) August 5, 2017
The controversy comes at a time when Silicon Valley’s treatment of women has been in the spotlight, following a string of allegations of harassment and discrimination at large companies such as Uber and at several high-profile venture capital firms. Google is also embroiled in a legal dispute with the Department of Labor, which has accused Google of “systemic compensation disparities” between men and women.
SOURCE: Alexei Oreskovic