Google techie's anti-diversity 'manifesto' angers employees

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The personal opinion of the software engineer had the title: "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber" and contained different issues such as women are scarce in the tech field not because they're discriminated at work, but because they are psychologically different than men.

Google is proud, and it publically highlights that it hires minorities and women to diversify the company's workforce.

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.

"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 Google employee argued company initiatives to increase diversity discriminate against some employees, and that a liberal bias among executives and many employees makes it hard to discuss the issue at Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., according to a copy of the memo published by Gizmodo.

One of his arguments being, "Women generally also have a stronger interest in people rather than things". A day after the tweets, a website published the entire manifesto.

Google didn't immediately respond to request for comment from Mashable.

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"We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company, and we'll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul", she wrote. "But that discourse needs to work alongside the principles of equal employment found in our code of conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws".

The employee also said that Google group-think has done harm and that the company is alienating conservatives.

Motherboard says that it has only seen screenshots of the 10-page document, which was shared on an internal e-mail list, but has spoken with several Google employees who have read it.

While a few of the tech firm's employees have shared their outrage on Twitter, there are some who have also shown their support for the document.

Former Google engineer Erica Baker, who gained attention a year ago for her Medium posts about diversity, responded to the latest controversy, saying she's "disappointed but unsurprised".

Pay for women in tech has also lagged behind men's compensation. Department of Labor is now investigating Google for the issue of gender pay gap because, in recent years, Silicon Valley has been under a bad limelight for encouraging pay differences and gender biases at workplaces.

But Balogh, the engineering boss, said such "stereotyping" that is "deeply troubling" and "harmful".

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