Fired Google Engineer: Tech Company Is 'Like a Cult'

Fired Google Engineer: Tech Company Is 'Like a Cult'

The women's stories bolster the claims of United States labour department officials, who have said that a preliminary analysis found that women face "extreme" pay discrimination across the company and have recently raised concerns that Google's strict confidentiality agreements are discouraging employees from speaking up.

The memo sparked widespread rage and heated debate among employees from various companies including Google, Uber, Yahoo, Airbnb, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon.

The Google engineer who was sacked after his critique of the company's diversity policy was made public compared his former workplace to a "cult". And there's no sign of it letting up anytime soon. Google said he had crossed the line "by advancing harmful gender stereotypes" and many employees were upset about the views outlined in the memo.

"Google's firing of James Damore is the flashpoint here", said the pro-Trump Posobiec, known for peddling conspiracy theories such as "Pizzagate".

"We had hoped to have a frank open discussion today as we always do to bring us together and move forward".

Google's chief executive, Sundar Pichai, cancelled an all-hands meeting on Thursday after employees expressed concerns about their safety.

Dory is a system used internally for Google employees to submit and vote on questions to be asked at town hall meetings. Such training programs are common at both Google and many tech companies as they have sought to increase the number of women, African-Americans and Hispanics who work in tech and leadership positions.

In addition to the WSJ, he has given interviews to Bloomberg, spoken at length with two YouTube personalities popular with alt-right and right-wing audiences, Stefan Molyneux and Jordan B. Peterson, and he did a photoshoot with alt-right photographer Peter Duke.

"Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and anxious they may be "outed" publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall", Pichai told employees, explaining his decision to cancel the all-hands meeting. Fired4Truth, widely believed to be Damore's Twitter account, is closing in on 50,000 followers in a matter of days.

The US National Labor Relations Act guarantees workers, whether they are in a union or not, the right to engage in "concerted activities" for their "mutual aid or protection". My firing neatly confirms that point. Meanwhile, Google is facing a lawsuit by the Department of Labor that alleges it underpaid female employees. After the post, many Google employees started to face online harassment "doxxing".

A Google representative did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. With free food, internal meme boards and weekly companywide meetings, Google becomes a huge part of its employees' lives.

"I am a moderately conservative Googler", one employee wrote, "and I am and have been scared to share my beliefs". The loud voice here is the liberal one.