There was a day when the left was all about equality. Equal pay for equal work. Now there’s a push to compensate people based on their gender and racial background? Is it me, or has this thing gone completely upside down?

Fortune magazine reports on this bizarre development within Google.

Employees and investors yesterday teamed up to urge Google parent Alphabet to tie executive pay to the meeting of corporate diversity goals. The shareholder proposal, from Zevin Asset Management, was voted down at Alphabet’s shareholder meeting along with all the other proposals. However, even though it failed, it was notable for the way in which it showed investors stepping in to back up employee concerns.

The problem at hand is real, too. As the proposal stated:

“Our Company remains predominantly white and male, especially in technical and leadership roles. Over the past four years, the Google division has only improved representation of women in its workforce by one percentage point (from 30% to 31%). In the same period, positions for all underrepresented people of color in the Google workforce have only increased from 9% to 10%. Among Google’s top 31 executives in 2016, there was only one underrepresented person of color and only four women.”

“Clearly, Alphabet’s management approach to inclusion in its key Google subsidiary lacks serious momentum and directionality. As with any other major strategic challenge, investors should not be satisfied with one-percent progress in four years.”

the Zevin proposal cited multiple recent reports about employees quitting over racial discrimination, employees being harrassed after their personal information was posted on far-right websites (they blame coworkers), and a soon-to-depart coder allegedly being told by a senior executive that “if the majority of your coworkers are Nazis, it is better if you don’t know about it.”

Something tells me this won’t be the last time we hear about this one. And why isn’t there outrage within the left at the shift in narrative?


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