Google CEO Sundar Pichai canceled an employee town hall meeting on Thursday about a controversial anti-diversity memo written by a fired employee.
Questions from the tech firm’s employees about gender issues were being leaked outside of the company, raising concerns about online harassment. Some of these employees were named on social media and websites.
“Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and worried they may be ‘outed’ publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall,” Pichai wrote in a memo to staff. “In recognition of Googlers’ concerns, we need to step back and create a better set of conditions for us to have the discussion.”
Software engineer James Damore was fired Monday after he wrote a post criticizing Google’s diversity initiatives. The post, which claimed that women were suited for certain jobs because of biological differences with men, sparked a backlash in Silicon Valley.