Following Damore's memo, some "minority Googlers" were hurt by the "perception they are less qualified", according to one question posted to the company's internal message boards for the all-hands meeting.
As controversy continues to swirl around fired Google engineer James Damore and his memo about gender diversity, longtime New York Times columnist David Brooks has placed blame squarely on the shoulders of Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
Mr. Pichai said a "vast majority" of the emails he had received supported the decision to fire Mr. Damore but he noted that some employees had raised concerns about being unable to speak freely. "But our Dory questions appeared externally this afternoon and, on some websites, Googlers are now being named personally", Pichai said.
As Pichai wrote in the email, he has received anxious messages from several "Googlers" expressing concern for their well-being, according to the New York Times. "And some are anxious that you can not speak out at work freely".
In an editorial in Fortune, Susan Wojcicki, the chief executive of YouTube, which is owned by Google, said she had faced slights throughout her career because of the idea that biological differences could explain why there were fewer women in leadership roles in the tech industry.
Wojcicki challenged others who defended the memo as being the right to free speech, encouraging them to picture how the situation would play out had "women" been replaced with "Black", "Hispanic", or "LGBTQ" employees.
He also argued that Google's culture was biased against people with politically conservative views, and questioned its diversity training.
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"I want you to know there is a place for you in this industry", Pichai said.
Pichai had then said that parts of the memo violated the company's code of conduct "and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace", reported Newsweek.
One post showed him standing outside Google's Mountain View campus holding a sign that reads "fired for truth".
The firing occurred while Google is embroiled in a legal dispute with the US Department of Labor over whether it pays female staff a fair wage. "I certainly couldn't assign any women to deal with this, a good number of the people you might have to work with may simply punch you in the face". The abrupt cancellation is unusual for Google, which prides itself on being transparent with employees, but has generally been able to keep internal divisions within its walls.
Christina Lee, 13, who participated in the Technovation challenge, said at first she was taken aback by what she heard about the memo, but after talking to some Google employees about it, she realized it was important to have that discussion about those issues and have an open mind.