So here we’ve got a complaint that Google’s internal culture is a “Bro'” one. That is, male, nerdy and really not very cultured at all. You know, teenage boys run riot with all the money in the world sorta culture. This is something which really doesn’t surprise to be honest. Because that’s just what we’ve done, we’ve stuck the teenage boys off into one culture along with all the money in the world. Who expected that culture to turn out any different?
Google has a “bro-culture” that allowed the daily sexual harassment of a female software engineer, a new lawsuit from a former employee alleges.
Loretta Lee, who worked for Google from 2008 to 2016, filed suit this month against the Silicon Valley giant for sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and wrongful termination in California state court.
In the complaint, which was first published by Gizmodo, Lee alleges that she was subject to “lewd comments, pranks and even physical violence” on a daily basis, including having male colleagues spike her drinks with alcohol, shoot Nerf balls at her, send her sexually suggestive messages and, in one case, slap her in the face.
It’s not that we think this should happen, it’s that we’re entirely unsurprised that it does. For consider who the engineers at Google actually are. They’re the nerds. Those with, agreed, high brain power and also not a great deal in the way of the social graces. More formally we can talk about this using Simon Baron Cohen’s language, empathising quotient and systemising, EQSQ. The spectrum runs female type brain (no, not female, but the type more commonly found there, any individual can be anywhere on this spectrum), mixed, male, Aspergers, autism, high level programmer*.
So, we take all the social inadequates – another name for the nerds – stick them in one place and let them earn all the money there is. We then observe the culture – what do we think it’s going to be? Well, yes, quite, it’s going to be that one step up from Piggy’s fate in Lord of the Flies, isn’t it?
This will of course sound harsh but we do think that this outcome is inevitable – therefore those who wish to work there just have to suck it up. Want to work with all the really bright teenage boys of the world? You’re going to be working with teenage boys therefore. Tough.
*That might not be quite the right order