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MeToo: Google Employees Walked Out By the Thousands

Outrage over Andy Rubin's $90 million payout questioned company core values and diversity.

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A recent New York Times report that said Google gave millions of dollars to some executives, like Andy Rubin ($90 million) in secret exit packages after they were accused of sexual misconduct.

The report sparked outrage among employees who organized via social media and yesterday walked out of offices around the world by the thousands.

Zurich, Dublin, Singapore, London and Hyderabad, India, and multiple U.S offices participated in the Google Walkout For Real Change.

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Google Segregates Women into Lower Level Jobs, Lawsuit Alleges

The tech giant "systematically" discriminates against its female employees and also keeps them from opportunities for promotions, according to a lawsuit.

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A new lawsuit officially charges Google with discriminating against its female workers by "segregating" them into lower-paying positions.

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Google Women Earn Less than Men, Employee-Reported Data Shows

A spreadsheet created by Google workers points to the highly cited gender pay gap at the tech giant.

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A new analysis of pay data at Google once again demonstrates a gender wage gap at the company.

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Diversity Management Is Neither Conservative Nor Liberal

The Google controversy is being cast as liberal versus conservative; it's neither.

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In the recent Google controversy, Damore, the young man who wrote the 10-page memo that got him fired, has cast his firing as being liberal (Google) versus conservative (Damore).

It's neither. The media, especially the "conservative" media, is missing the point. Google exists to provide return on equity to its shareholders. Money doesn't care about "liberal" or "conservative." It does care about "disruptive." If the management team charts a course, arguing against it is disruptive. These days, if you put anti-work culture material on your Facebook page, you are disruptive at work because the people you work with will certainly share the news.

New entrants to the labor market are almost twice as diverse as retiring boomers. There is a 22 percentage point difference for women alone (more, if you include unemployment differences) — which is not surprising, as women labor participation rate went up 50 percent over the last 50 years, and more than half of four-year college degrees have been earned by women since the late 1980s.

So, whether you are designing products to be consumed by the workforce or people to employ, diversity management is a commonsense strategic necessity.

In the case of Google, its self-reported workforce demographics show yawning gaps for everyone but white and Asian men. Nobody can deny Google's business success — but recognizing that talent gaps are liabilities, Google, ignoring lessons learned by more progressive companies, charted its own course toward diversity management, which hit an iceberg in the past week.

In my opinion, the CEO badly fumbled. Their brand new chief diversity officer was thrust into the spotlight to respond — the CEO responded days later, fired Damore and canceled their diversity summit (which was a bad idea to begin with; they were not thought out enough to be ready).

Hopes, dreams and aspirations are wonderful, but if I were Google's CEO, I would be ready to answer a key question: Why aren't there more women at Google? Why haven't their self-reported numbers significantly improved? Why has Google been passive?

There is a problem. Although attaining almost 60 percent of four-year degrees, women shy away from engineering in college. Only 16 percent of computer science engineering degrees are earned by women.

However, just like there is a 20 percentage point difference between women in top management at Google versus the DiversityInc Top 10, some colleges are doing far better at attracting women to engineering. For example, at MIT, Women earn 51 percent of engineering degrees and 32 percent of computer engineering degrees (double for the national average).

Google has a $649 billion market cap. It can afford to fund massive scholarships at the best schools to attract the women it needs to gain an intellectual cultural foothold for women at its company — a foothold that would change the culture that enabled Damore to communicate as he did. Decisive leadership changes cultures.

I've seen this happen in real life at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Company. While decisively recovering from a class-action lawsuit that women brought to a successful decision, NPC CEO Andre Wyss disciplined management to the extent that he was succeeded by a woman, who had 50 percent women reporting to her (including scientific functions). It took him several years, but by the time he concluded his magnificent diversity management initiative, there were no more excuses in executive diversity council meetings. None. There was pride. And NPC was ranked number one on our Top 50 list. Twice.

Why should Google make an investment in diversity management?

As Damore pointed out in his essay, there are differences between men and women, but the differences themselves are instrumental to the future innovation necessary to keep ahead of technology, demographic and cultural change. 100 years ago, Detroit was Silicon Valley. People flocked there from all over. Detroit's population peaked in 1950 with 1.8 million people; currently it has 677,000 and the signs in the Detroit airport are bi-lingual, Chinese and English. The Big 3 were out-innovated. But they are recovering. General Motors (No. 42 on our Top 50) moved the cool-car Cadillac division headquarters to extremely diverse SoHo Manhattan.

Related links:

https://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2005/11/art3full.pdf

https://www.bls.gov/web/empsit/cpsee_e16.htm

https://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_303.htm

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/reports/2012/07/12/11938/the-state-of-diversity-in-todays-workforce/

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/immigration/news/2013/10/25/77924/the-role-of-people-of-color-in-the-future-workforce/

http://www.gallup.com/poll/181292/third-oldest-baby-boomers-working.aspx

https://www.dol.gov/dol/aboutdol/history/herman/reports/futurework/conference/trends/trendsI.htm

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Alt-Right Targets Google Employees Who Disagree with Sexist Memo

Amid employees' fear of harassment, Google CEO Sundar Pichai cancelled the scheduled companywide meeting to address James Damores' sexist memo.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai cancelled a companywide town hall style meeting scheduled for Thursday amid employees' fear of harassment — primarily thanks to alt-right websites.

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Fired Google Engineer: Company 'Shamed Me'

James Damore, who said in an interview he feels "betrayed" by the tech giant, also filed a complaint against his former employer.

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In his first interview with a mainstream media outlet, James Damore, the former Google engineer behind the widely controversial memo about women in tech and leadership, said the company "punished me and shamed me." He also announced his plans to sue the tech giant earlier this week.

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Google Engineer Wrote Controversial Memo After Attending Company Diversity Program

After attending one of Google's diversity programs James Damore said in an interview with a conservative YouTube channel, "There's just so much hypocrisy in the things they are saying."

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The Google engineer who penned a memo with misogynist ideas that cost him his job has spoken out about the situation.

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Google CEO Defends Employee's Right to Express Unpopular Views, Condemns 'Harmful' Portions

CEO Sundar Pichai said "much of what was in" misogynistic memo from engineer "is fair to debate, regardless of whether a vast majority … disagree," but said language "advancing harmful gender stereotypes" was "not OK." The employee reportedly has been fired.

REUTERS

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has broken his silence regarding the misogynist memo penned by one of the company's engineers, who had reportedly been fired, according to media outlets. According to Pichai, while the memo was harmful to the company's women, the employee had every right to author it.

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Google Engineer's Anti-Diversity Memo Displays Company's Misogynist Culture

Top leaders at the company demonstrated their own worst practices by hiding behind a statement from their brand new head of diversity, who has only been on the job for a couple of weeks.

Google co-founders Sergey Brin (left) and Larry Page (right) with Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt / REUTERS

A 10-page misogynist memo penned by a Google engineer slamming diversity and suggesting women are inferior as leaders has gone viral in yet another example of Google's failure to address its internal problems regarding sexism.

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Google Parent Company's Shareholders Vote Against Sharing Gender Pay Data

The proposal was voted down for the second year in a row.

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Shareholders for Alphabet, Google's parent company, once again rejected a proposal that would require the company to prepare a report on its gender pay data.

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Google Says Calculating Gender Pay Data Would Be Too Expensive

The excuse comes despite the company's previous claim that it had already calculated this data — on a global scale.

REUTERS

Calculating data to determine if a gender pay gap exists is too expensive of a project for Google, lawyers for the company said in court on Friday.

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Google Accused of 'Systemic' Gender Pay Discrimination by Labor Department

The discrimination "is quite extreme," even for a tech company, according to a report published last week.

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The Department of Labor has accused Google of severely discriminating against its female employees by paying them considerably less than their male counterparts, a report from The Guardian reveals.

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