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Google’s Tough week: From Diversity Memo to Canceled Town Hall

For the first time in a long while, President Trump can hold is head high knowing he did not have the most controversial week of any person or organization.  That honor goes to Google!  The Tech giant started it’s week with an employee sharing a write up on diversity in an internal Google system that eventually was taken and distributed to the public.  While the legalities are still up in the air, the “Google Manifesto” as it is now being called was meant as a conversation piece on diversity and turned into an episode on gender bashing.  Following the incident, the Google employee was eventually fired soon after with the company putting together a Town Hall to discuss the incident.  The Town Hall was supposed to be headed by the company’s CEO Sundar Pichai  but was eventually canceled over growing concerns of employee saftey if the “wrong” questions were asked during the event.

Sometimes, a five day week can have alot of things happen outside of the scope of work.  On top of the present issues, “Google is currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor over claims it did not fairly pay some female employees. The allegations stem from a January lawsuit in which the Department of Labor asked Google to hand over compensation data.”

With the Town Hall cancellation, “Google will now hold several smaller forums “to gather and engage with Googlers, where people can feel comfortable to speak freely,” Pichai wrote.”  Whether these smaller gatherings will accomplish what it sets out to do remains to be seen, but clearly Google is in crisis mode and looking for swift solutions.  Regardless of what they decide, the firing of James Damore, the author of the manifesto, may be met with legal action.  Unfortunately for the company, their problems just may be starting.

http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/google-cancels-diversity-town-hall-over-concerns-employee-safety-n791501

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