Google CEO Pichai cancels 'town hall' on gender dispute

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has abruptly canceled a company-wide meeting, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, that was meant to address employee questions about the company's diversity policies.

In an email to his staff, Sundar Pichai explained that questions from employees had been leaked and that in some cases the identities of some employees were revealed, exposing them to harassment and threats.

The memo, which was shared on the tech blog Gizmodo, attributes biological differences between men and women to the reason why "we don't have 50 percent representation of women in tech and leadership".

Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said in light of the right-wing attacks on his employees, any discussion of Damore's memo would be delayed.

"I want you to know there's a place for you in this industry, there's a place for you at Google".

The marches will take place "anywhere Google has an office" including Austin, Boston, New York City, Mountain View, and Washington D.C., reports The Hill magazine. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. "A smaller percentage of you wish we would do more", he wrote.

During his Thursday appearance, Mr. Pichai said that as Google continues to build products for an worldwide audience, it must strive for its workforce to be an accurate representation of that audience, having people of all genders, ethnicities, backgrounds, and religions.

During his interaction with several former and current women employees from Google, Finberg said they make around $40,000 less than male colleagues doing the same work.

Jonathan Segal of Philadelphia said that if Google did not fire him, it could have faced suits from employees over not addressing a "hostile work environment". He told Molyneux he made a decision to write the memo after attending a Google diversity program, where he heard things he "definitely disagreed with".

The employee who was sacked has threatened legal action against the company for dismissing him after he expressed his views. He added that the memo originally was 10 pages and was leaked with much of that scientific data supporting his gender views edited out.

As such, experts say Damore might not have been fired at a company that doesn't have such a clear message on diversity. Statistics may show that women tend to go toward certain jobs that are more people-oriented, but "that's only because that is what society tells us to do", 12-year-old Ashni said.

"We'll find a better way to help our employees connect and discuss these important issues further", a Google spokesperson said in response to an AFP inquiry.

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