Google Employees Blacklisting Conservative Peers

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The context of this is an Inc article which states that Google is not specifically blacklisting conservatives as much as there are a documented number of Google employees and managers who are internally blacklisting fellow employees from working as part of teams with them.

From the article Google’s Other Ugly Secret: Some Managers Keep Blacklists

… An unknown number of Google managers maintain blacklists of fellow employees, evidently refusing to work with those people. The blacklists are based on personal experiences of others’ behavior, including views expressed on politics, social justice issues, and Google’s diversity efforts.

Inc. reviewed screenshots documenting several managers attesting to this practice, both in the past and currently, explicitly using the term “blacklist.”

It also states, to reiterate, that this isn’t condoned by Google officially.

A Google spokesperson told Inc. that the practice of keeping blacklists is not condoned by upper management, and that Google employees who discriminate against members of protected classes will be terminated. It’s not clear whether that principle applies in Damore’s case. Although political affiliation is a protected class according to California labor law, the views expressed in the manifesto and echoed by others who oppose political correctness do not seem to merit legal protection.

That should be enough information to place this in a proper frame of reference, as the question itself is a little misleading.

The question with what most of the Right usually thinks comes down to whether or not we agree that a business has a right to do whatever it wants. I would fall into that camp, however, I believe in the law that is already set forth and that companies have an obligation to follow that law. California law treats political affiliation as a protected class, therefore, being that we’re now seeing employees fired for “views that are inconsistent with the mainstream”, as the article puts it, then we are dealing with a question of if Google need to rethink its internal positions before it starts suffering some major legal problems. We also need to contend with the fact that Google itself isn’t the one acting in a partisan discriminatory manner by refusing to hire based on partisan lines, but rather, it’s employees coordinating internally to discriminate other employees by way of denying them access to projects or future promotion opportunities.

So I have to ask where the line is. The law is the law, and while most Conservatives or Libertarians might argue whether a law should exist, they agree that a law that is in the books is to be honored. This is especially true of the Conservatives as a major vein of Conservatism is respect for the law as without it, society descends into anarchy. The question comes in whether the employees have crossed the line in blacklisting people for holding Conservative views and more so than this, if Google itself is to be held as complicit with this discrimination on grounds of being unresponsive to the continued behavior of their employees to systematically limit the potential of its employees who have dissenting opinions.

As far as what do Conservatives think, obviously it sucks. There is a growing body of evidence that Silicon Valley culture has an intolerance to anything which fails to fall in-line with it’s Progressive Technocratic culture. While rarely do we see explicit intolerance stated by the companies, we do see numerous times where individual employees or even teams have the ability to exercise their intolerance over crucial elements of various products, such as manipulating Google’s pagerank, the Facebook feed, or Twitter’s trending topics. Given the overwhelming power these companies have over daily life, and the dominance of what appears to be a monocultural atmosphere with expressed amity with the rest of the country, I’m wondering if the tech bubble is going to burst when words like “anti-trust” start being raised more seriously. Companies who don’t take this form of expressed ideological intolerance seriously, such as Google with their blacklists, may see a day where they meet the fate of companies like Standard Oil.


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2 thoughts on “Google Employees Blacklisting Conservative Peers

  1. Of course Google has crossed the line with its employees blacklisting against protected classes. Google doesn’t get a pass just because they as a company don’t condone it. Let’s say the blacklisting was against women or POC, it just wouldn’t fly, and the company wouldn’t get a legal pass because it was just some employees acting that way.

    The act doesn’t just spell out protected classes, but what the actual responsibilities of individual employees and managers/supervisors are under the act. Each manager (and if line level employee) is responsible by law (in Google’s case, it would be te California Fair Employment and Housing Act) not to violate any provisions of the law and to report it to the appropriate people within the organization (usually HR). If I see or suspect a manager or line employee is sexually harassing a female employee (or a gay employee), I’m required to report it, the more so if I were also a supervisor or manager. I can’t just go “oh, that’s just Bob.” If HR knows about it, they can’t just say, “that’s Bob, he’s harmless” or “Bob’s only doing that to Betty in accounting because, well look how she dresses.” That is why companies have mandatory diversity training, and training on harassment, etc.

    It does appear to be systemic at Google, and this will open them up eventually to some very large lawsuits. Having policies in place that aren’t enforced will not be an effective defense.

    The double standard used by Democrats that makes them feel it’s okay to discriminate on the basis of how people they disagree with think is evidence that their views are not based on principle or values. They act as if they have the moral high ground, when in fact they are the ones acting in the exact manner they preach against.

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