The news comes after Google fired James Damore, the employee behind a memo which attacked the company's pro-diversity policies and claimed that the disparity between the number of male and female employees at Google is the result of biological differences between the sexes.
While many of Google's employees were infuriated by Damore's memo, there were also some who applauded his viewpoints, according to Motherboard. "Thankfully, open and honest discussion with those who disagree can highlight our blind spots and help us grow, which is why I wrote this document". "These differences aren't just socially constructed because [for one thing] they often have clear biological causes and links to prenatal testosterone.they're exactly what we would predict from an evolutionary psychology perspective".
Damore has been employed with Google since 2013 and holds the title of "FIDE Master" under The World Chess Federation.
Sundar Pichai, Google's chief executive, agreed that parts of the memo were fair to debate but said much of it violated the company's code of conduct. According to the Associated Press, a Google spokesperson said the company could not have retaliated against Damore because it was not aware of the complaint until hearing about it in the news media after he was dismissed.
A revealing manifesto criticizing the current race and gender diversity initiatives at Google HQ is being circulated online.
James Damore (main picture), the Google employee who was sacked yesterday for publishing his now infamous anti-diversity manifesto, is now threatening to sue his former employer arguing he's had his free speech violated. Google has not yet commented on the matter.
Damore continued by addressing possible "non-bias" reasons for more men pursuing leadership jobs than women.
Damore's exit from Google could add to the fierce debate.
"Google's political bias has equated the freedom from offense with psychological safety, but shaming into silence is the antithesis of psychological safety", he wrote. The author, whose name has been withheld, says we need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism.
Pichai has also cut short his vacation and along with his leadership team, Pichai will be addressing Googlers on Thursday in a town hall meeting.
"They too feel under threat, and that's not OK", he wrote.
Now some 69 per cent of Google's employees are men, according to the company's latest figures, a proportion that rises to 80 per cent when it comes to technology jobs.
Earlier, Google's vice president of diversity, Danielle Brown, sent a memo in response to the furore over the weekend, saying the engineer's essay "advanced incorrect assumptions about gender".