It’s nothing new to see Google grabbing headlines. It would actually be weird to not hear about the latest tech update from the mega company.
But this week the tech giant is making headlines for a not so great reason – anti-diversity.
A senior software engineer sent out a memo titled ‘Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.’ In it he argued that ‘that the gender gaps at Google are the result of biological differences between men and women, and that the company shouldn’t offer programs that help under-represented groups.’ He also argued that politically conservative employees are discriminated against and there is little protection for that group.
This isn’t the first incident of anti-diversity at Google. Earlier this year the US Department of Labor said that the company had been systematically underpaying female employees.
It is a problem that spreads across a lot tech companies and across borders.
According to an article by CBC news women make up less than a third of the workforce at many tech companies. Tech companies say this is a ‘pipeline problem’ and that there aren’t enough women and minorities with the right qualifications.
One way to fight discrimination in the workplace is unionizing, something more tech company employees are pushing for. It has been argued in the past that tech companies are often seen as great places to work without a union, but in the past year more and more stories of discrimination have come to the surface.
Last year shuttle drivers and warehouse workers voted to unionize with Teamsters. Amazon employees in Seattle were laid off just as their organizing was starting to gain momentum.
Unions have played a major role for women’s rights in the workplace, including the Teamsters with contracts that have lead the way when it comes to gender equality. According to the Canadian Labour Congress, union members earn on average $5.28 per hour more than workers without a union and women earn $7.10 per hour more on average with a union.
A collective agreement can ensure that all workers are treated equally and have rights to protect them in the workplace, something it seems more tech companies need.