How bad is Silicon Valley's sexist work culture?

"For many, including myself, working at Google is a major part of their identity, nearly "like a cult" with its own leaders and saints, all believed to righteously uphold the sacred motto of "Don't be evil", the former-Google employee wrote.

Memegen, an internal forum that uses images overlaid with amusing captions, was filled with irreverent posts that openly mocked how an email discussing the memo from Sundar Pichai, Google's chief executive, had leaked to the media so quickly.

Damore is now on tour of mostly conservative media outlets.

Now if only Google could get its own employees to be as careful about not spilling confidential information about co-workers to parties on the outside. They can use Memegen to criticise management and openly challenge executives with questions voted on by employees at weekly companywide meetings.

Amid the scandal Google faces due to former employees online posting, Google's CEO Sundar Pichai was to give a highly anticipated speech regarding gender existing issues. While allowing some of the requests to go forward in pared-down form, the ALJ drastically cut back their scope and said the agency "OFCCP offered nothing credible or reliable to show that its theory ... is based ... on anything more than speculation". It has become an all-out culture war outside the company, as well, putting Google and its employees in the crosshairs.

Google said Damore violated its code of conduct and his actions advanced harmful gender stereotypes. Damore was sacked on Monday. Damore's firing has sparked a furious debate both within and outside Google, with the alt-right reportedly outraged and even calling for a boycott of Google.

For those not following along, Damore, a senior engineer at the world's biggest search engine, wrote a memo about a month ago entitled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber". Take a look at a couple more banners below.

He was sacked on Monday, and the situation quickly escalated.

The screenshots appeared on Breitbart News, which has celebrated Damore's memo as an example of Silicon Valley's intolerance of conservative views. She also said that she had repeatedly found out about male colleagues, working in similar positions, earning considerably more than her, recounting one incident where a junior male employee who joined her team, had a higher salary than her.

Alphabet's Google canceled on Thursday a company-wide meeting scheduled to discuss the controversy over a memo opposing diversity policies, the company said, citing concerns about personal attacks on employees from far-right commentators. Pichai's email was sent about an hour before the event was to start Thursday afternoon.

The company's new vice president for diversity, integrity and governance, Danielle Brown, locked down her Twitter account after receiving racist and sexist messages.

Google has just endured what may be the most painful week in its history.

Vanessa Coleman

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