Google male engineer's anti-diversity manifesto causes furor

Google male engineer's anti-diversity manifesto causes furor
Posted at 6:15 AM, Aug 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-07 03:30:08-04

(CNN) - It appears there is a battle of the sexes happening within Google.

Executives at the software giant have responded to a manifesto by a male engineer.

In the 3,300 word essay, the unidentified employee says women shouldn't take tech jobs due to "biological" reasons.

The writer also said men have a "higher drive for status" than women and that the company's diversity programs are merely political actions.

The writing circulated inside Google for a while, but it went public over the weekend.

Google's diversity vice president and Google's engineering vice president both condemned the document in separate messages.

"Diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of our values and the culture we continue to cultivate," said Danielle Brown, vice president of diversity, in a statement obtained by Gizmodo. "We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company, and we’ll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul."

According to a diversity report earlier this year, nearly 70 percent of Google's workforce are men.

Google is also under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor for extreme pay disparities between men and women, The Guardian reported.

A copy of the male engineer's letter, titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” can be found at Gizmodo.

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