Google executives rushed to denounce an engineer’s memo claiming gender inequality in the tech world
The unnamed engineer asserted in the 3,000-word document that circulated inside the company last week that “Google‘s left bias has created a politically correct monoculture” which prevented honest discussion of the issue.
“Distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership,” he wrote.
The memo stoked the heated debate over treatment of women in the male-dominated Silicon Valley that has boiled for months following sexual harassment scandals at Uber Technologies Inc and several venture capital firms.
Google’s recently hired vice president of diversity, integrity and governance, Danielle Brown, sent a memo in response to the furore, saying the engineer’s essay “advanced incorrect assumptions about gender.”
The unnamed engineer wrote a document that circulated inside the company last week
Google’s left bias has created a politically correct monoculture
“Part of building an open, inclusive environment means fostering a culture in which those with alternative views, including different political views, feel safe sharing their opinions,” Miss Brown wrote.
“But that discourse needs to work alongside the principles of equal employment found in our Code of Conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws,” she added.
The memo claimed that ‘Google’s left bias has created a politically correct monoculture’
Google engineering vice president Aristotle Balogh also wrote an internal post criticising the employee’s memo, saying “stereotyping and harmful assumptions” could not be allowed to play any part in the company’s culture.
A Google spokesman said that the statements from Miss Brown and Mr Balogh were official responses from Google.
The controversy erupted as the Department of Justice continues to press an investigation of alleged gender-based pay discrimination at Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc. The company has denied the charges.