Wired: The Dirty War Over Diversity Inside Google. “FIRED GOOGLE ENGINEER James Damore says he was vilified and harassed for questioning what he calls the company’s liberal political orthodoxy, particularly around the merits of diversity. Now outspoken diversity advocates at Google say that they are being targeted by a small group of their coworkers in an effort to silence discussions about racial and gender diversity.”
New to me and recently updated. University of Maryland Baltimore: Employee Assistance Digital Archive Growing Rapidly. “A free, publically accessible site where Employee Assistance (EA) professionals can post original works, historical documents and other related papers or multi-media, has grown to more than 1,500 articles since the archive was created five years ago at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.”
Reuters: Google beats class action sex bias claims, for now. “A California state judge has dismissed class action claims accusing Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google of paying female employees less than men and giving them fewer opportunities for promotions.”
Recode: Twitter CMO Leslie Berland is also taking over human resources as the new ‘Head of People’. “Twitter has found someone to take over its top human resources role that’s been empty for almost six months: Leslie Berland, who is already in the building as Twitter’s CMO and head of communications.” I’m sure she’s a great person, but Twitter has – what? over 3000 people? – and she’s going to be the head of HR and marketing?
The Guardian: More than 60 women consider suing Google, claiming sexism and a pay gap. “More than 60 current and former Google employees are considering bringing a class-action lawsuit alleging sexism and pay disparities against women, as the technology giant wrestles with a deepening crisis over alleged discrimination.”
I do not want to turn ResearchBuzz solely into an outlet for reporting on this story/controversy/whatever you want to call it. But it has with disquieting suddenness blown up into a massive issue for Google and I think its context is important for understanding the company right now.
Washington Post: Shareholders of Google’s parent company squash plan to disclose its gender pay data. “For the second year in a row, shareholders of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, voted down a proposal asking the tech giant to publish a report on possible pay disparities between its male and female employees. The vote comes at a time when the company is grappling with a federal lawsuit tied to this very issue and as the tech industry faces heightened scrutiny over gender pay, a lack of diversity and dysfunctional work environments.”
Times of Israel: Google ranked best place to work in Israel. “The internet behemoth, which has offices in Tel Aviv and Haifa, surpassed the Israel Electric Corporation, which had topped the list for the past four years but dropped to number two.”