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In a prior thread
, we discussed how one goose formerly employed by Google dropped a 10 page screed against the company's diversity policies, and how that created a hostile workplace for all those he attacked in it.
It seems that the issue has metastasized
. In wake of said goose's droppings (and even more so after his lawsuit filing effectively doxxed a number of Googlers pushing for diversity
), there has been a stream of personal information sent from right-leaning Google employees to alt-right groups, who have been using this to harass and intimidate those people. There has also been the use of the same strategy seen on Twitter of provoking outbursts to wield against them with HR. The result has been to chill discussions in Google about diversity, even while the company struggles with the matter in the courts.
Compounding the matter is that senior management seems to have little concern for the ticking time bomb in their midst. As one former Googler recounts about the pressure he felt from leadership to stop pushing back
After posting a handful of additional posts about diversity issues, Altheide was summoned to an urgent meeting with Hölzle. Hölzle is one of Google's most senior managers, with thousands of engineers reporting to him, directly or indirectly. There were several layers of management between the two men, and Altheide says those middle managers weren't involved in the meeting.
Hölzle asked Altheide to explain why he had been making these postings. "I don't think anything I will say right now will be a sufficient answer for you," Altheide said. When Hölzle insisted, Altheide said he wanted to "point out that blanket assumptions of good faith in diversity topics aren't data driven, given that the data shows not everyone is acting from a position of good faith."
Altheide says Hölzle told him that "if the majority of your coworkers are Nazis, it is better if you don't know about it." Altheide adds: "This I remembered verbatim because I thought it was a savagely tactless analogy for a Swiss man to be making."
For a company that is continually growing in its power and presence over the internet, this is troubling that this isn't seen as the massive problem that it is.
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