Google has denied reports that it has scaled back its diversity and inclusion programs in an effort to appear less anti-conservative. Several Google employees and those who recently left the company made the claims, adding that the team responsible for the plans had scaled back.
Yesterday, NBC reported that several Google employees, speaking on condition of anonymity, believe the company is cutting diversity programs to protect the company from criticism from conservatives. Google did confirm that a popular diversity training program called “Sojourn” was cut in 2018. One of the main motivations for cutting Sojourn is that the company doesn’t want to be seen as anticonservative, and it doesn’t want to incur lawsuits or claims from conservative right-wing white employees for discrimination against them by Google, said a Google employee familiar with the company’s diversity plans said in an interview.
Google has previously said it ended the Sojourn project because it was too difficult to promote globally because it focused on racism in the United States. Other diversity training programs have also been cut, the size of the team behind them has been cut, and their positions have been outsourced or not replenished after employees leave, the sources said.
Google said in a statement to Digital Trends. Any suggestion that Google is scaling back or cutting diversity is wrong. Diversity, equity and inclusion remain the company’s commitment, and Google’s projects are expanding to keep pace with Google’s growth. Google has faced a backlash in the past for being seen as anti-conservative. Back in 2017, James Damore, the company’s senior software engineer, wrote a 10-page manifesto called “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber”, blaming physiological factors for the lack of women in the tech world. He was fired for writing the memo, and later sued Google, alleging that it discriminated against white, conservative men whose views were in stark contrast to those of Google executives.
In 2019, Google’s hiring statistics show that Among Google’s employees, 43.9% are Asian, 48.5% are white and 66.8% are men, while in 2020, Asians will account for 48.5%, whites 43.1% and men 67.5%.