Google CEO calls for more inclusive workplace after man was sacked for anti-diversity memo

Google CEO calls for inclusive workplace after man was sacked for anti-diversity memo

Sundar Pichai spoke at an app-building competition

Friday, August 11, 2017

Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai has spoken out to encourage female coders and is calling for a more inclusive company.

His comments come just a few days after the company sacked a man called James Damore for a memo which claimed biology is the reason why there are less women working in technology, Gadgets Now reported.

According to The Verge, Pichai was talking at an app-building competition taking place at Google.

He said: "Seeing the girls here tonight gives me hope for the future...I want you to know there's a place for you in this industry.

"I know the journey won't always be easy, but to the girls who dream of being an engineer or an entrepreneur, and who dream of creating amazing things, I want you to know that there's a place for you in this industry, there's a place for you at Google.

"Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. You belong here and we need you."

He went on to talk about it being important to be able to create products for people all over the world, and in order to do that he said "we need to have people internally who represent the world in totality."

Pichai’s comments were also made after a town hall meeting had been cancelled, as it was about gender issues and some staff thought they may be harassed if they spoke out about the memo sent by Damore.

The Associated Press claimed some harassment had already taken place on Twitter as some users posted a graphic of LGBT employees.