Google CEO Pichai cancels ‘town hall’ on gender dispute

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 01:03:32 AM. PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Google CEO Sundar Pichai has canceled an internal town hall meant to address gender discrimination on Thursday after employee questions for management began to leak online from the company's internal messaging service. Pichai said in...
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Google CEO Sundar Pichai has canceled an internal town hall meant to address gender discrimination on Thursday after employee questions for management began to leak online from the company’s internal messaging service. Pichai said in an email to staff that several Google employees became fearful for their safety and grew concerned about being outed for speaking up at the town hall. He said the company will aim to create several other forums “where people can feel comfortable to speak freely.” Pichai’s email was sent about an hour before the event was to start Thursday afternoon. More on diversity in tech Fired Google engineer’s memo adds fuel to Silicon Valley diversity debate Google engineer loses his job over memo saying women best suited to ‘social and artistic’ work Fired Google engineer files complaint, weighs legal options Diversity in tech: lots of attention, little progress Tech startups founded by women have twice the number of female employees, study says Judge allows gender-bias case against Microsoft to go ahead Local tech companies need to look harder to find untapped talent Equal pay for women? We’re 135 years away, but closer in tech jobs Seattle startup founder sought a business partner, got a women’s alliance instead The town hall was meant to hear out employee grievances over a flareup that has consumed Google for much of the week. It began last weekend after engineer James Damore circulated a memo that claimed biological gender...Read more
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