A senior software engineer at Google has written a document titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber", which calls for the company to replace its diversity initiatives with ones that promote "ideological diversity", according to a report from Motherboard. Many tech companies have admitted a majority of their employees are white or Asian men, particularly in technical and leadership roles. Many of Google's employees denounced the contents of the letter, according to Motherboard, though it's now unclear how much of the company's work force shares the exact viewpoints expressed by the author of the controversial document who also argued that Google as a firm is too left-leaning and should strive to be more neutral in the future by "de-moralizing diversity" and confronting various biases of its own corporate culture.
The memo has also highlighted significant issues in Google like the political beliefs of employees being targeted, enmity against the "leftist" school of thought, and trying to shape the perspectives of employees' forcefully. It goes on to claim that that women are interested in "people", while men are interested in "things".
"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 author writes, adding that "conservatives tend to be higher in conscientiousness, which is required for much of the drudgery and maintenance work characteristic of a mature company". Since then, the entire manifesto has also leaked online, thanks to Gizmodo.
As the Washington Post's Jena McGregor wrote in March, just 1 per cent of Google's technology employees are black - a percentage that hasn't moved since 2014. Google parent company Alphabet did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Some employees agreed with the manifesto, while some didn't.
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.
Joy urged tech leaders to look closely at the work environments that allow employees to "feel safe and protected now to go ahead and say that women can't be engineers".
She stated that diversity and inclusion are fundamental and will be cultivated no matter what, this being the way to success.
Pay for women in tech has also lagged behind men's compensation. A string of Google employees expressed their anger as the document spread internally.
For its part, Google is pushing back against a Labor Department investigation into its pay practices that spilled into court recently. "That is stereotyping, and it is harmful", Google VP of engineering Ari Balogh wrote.