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The answer he received was that Google only looked at demographic diversity (gender and/or race) when making hiring and promoting decisions - not at viewpoint diversity." Google was interested only in promoting identity difference, not intellectual differences.Google's policy may have been even more narrow, for Google's notion of demographic diversity does not appear to include characteristics like class background, culture, or religion.
The law has its own imperatives, but if you took the same work-environment mandate and put it through a different intellectual grinder—in this case, social science—would you come up with a different result?
This does not entail anything in regard to the outcomes, such as who will get the job or the spots in college.
It is rather a means, sometimes arguably a necessary means, of equalizing opportunity.
That says: We are going to decide who gets what based upon group, and we will inhibit individuals from obtaining opportunities to reach our group-based goals.
According to Damore's complaint, that was the policy Google higher-ups promoted.
Fuck you." There is a Talmudic saying: Whoever saves one life saves the world.
This can be read to say that contained within every man are endless generations, but the ethical point that each individual is, by virtue of simply being an individual, so ethically valuable as to be worth the entire world.
On the contrary, promoting group based quotas as Google is doing here is systematic discrimination, and not in the vague way people throw that term around.
Google leaders was promoting a pervasive policy whereby individuals would be discriminated against on the basis of their gender.
But Google's hiring practice reflect a different ethical system - one that is willing to hurt individuals based upon group identity to achieve an apparently better future end.
Surely, we could adopt this ethical viewpoint and become a more utilitarian nation.
Further, at the women's history month meeting, Porat and Naughton said that "when looking at groups of people for promotions or for leadership opportunities on new projects, Google would be taking into account gender and ethnic demographics.