Google VP denounces memo about female workers

Memo suggested women don't get ahead in tech jobs because of biological differences

The Google logo is seen at the company's headquarters Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

LONDON (AP) — Google’s new head of diversity has rejected an internal commentary from an employee who suggested women don’t get ahead in tech jobs because of biological differences.

Danielle Brown, who was named a vice president at the search giant only a few weeks ago, says Google is “unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success,” according to a copy of her response obtained by technology news website Gizmodo.

The employee memo, titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” begins by saying that only honest discussion will address a lack of equity.

But it also asserts that women “prefer jobs in social and artistic areas” while more men “may like coding because it requires systemizing,” fueling a smoldering debate about sexism in Silicon Valley.