Google’s Sundar Pichai cancels internal meeting on gender issues in light of online harassment concerns

Google CEO Sundar Pichai was expected to hold an all-hands
meeting this afternoon in light of now-former Google engineer
James Damore’s post about differences between men and women.
Shortly before it was scheduled to start, Pichai sent out a
note to employees letting them know it’s
cancelled, Recode reports.

Some employees reportedly expressed fear that they’d be targets
of online harassment if they were to speak up and ask questions
in the town hall.

“We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we
always do to bring us together and move forward. But our Dory
questions appeared externally this afternoon, and on some
websites Googlers are now being named personally,” Pichai wrote
in an email to employees. “Googlers are writing in, concerned
about their safety and worried they may be ‘outed’ publicly for
asking a question in the Town Hall.”

Pichai cut his vacation short a couple of days ago to deal with
hellfire that has ensued as a result of the memo. In the days
since his return, Pichai has spoken with many Googlers about
the memo and Google’s decision to fire Damore, Pichai wrote in
his note to employees today.

“The vast majority of you are very supportive of our decision,”
he wrote. “A smaller percentage of you wish we would do more.
And some are worried that you cannot speak out at work freely.
All of your voices and opinions matter … and I want to hear

Although there will be no meeting today, it sounds like Google
employees will soon be able to meet up and freely discuss the
events of the past week. You can head over to Recode to read the full memo.

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