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Google Staffers says they were recycled to help organize 2018 Walkout

Google's staff take part in the run-out on November 1, 2018 at Harry Bridges Plaza in San Francisco. ] Photo: Eric Risberg (AP) Two Google employees who helped organize a work club estimated to involve 20,000 workers in protest against the company's assault on sexual harassment and abuse in November 2018 have claimed that Google was retaliated against them, according to Wired. Wired wrote that Meredith Whittaker from Google's Open Research Artificial Intelligence Project and YouTube Marketing Manager Claire Stapleton said they faced professional consequences as a result of organizing the event. In a letter published on internal Google mailing lists from Wired, Whittaker wrote that shortly after the company released an AI Ethics Council, she learned that her role would "change dramatically" and that she would have to abandon her work for a New York University. Research Institute: Shortly after Google announced that it would cease its AI Ethics Council, I was informed that my role would change dramatically. I am told to stay with the company, I have to abandon my work with AI Ethics and the AI ​​Now Institute, which I collaborated with, and who have done a strict and recognized work on these topics. I have been working on issues about AI ethics and bias for years and is one of the people who helped shape the field on these problems. I have also taken risks to pursue a more ethical Google, although this is less profitable or convenient. Stapleton wrote in the letter that two…

Google’s staff take part in the run-out on November 1, 2018 at Harry Bridges Plaza in San Francisco. ] Photo: Eric Risberg (AP)

Two Google employees who helped organize a work club estimated to involve 20,000 workers in protest against the company’s assault on sexual harassment and abuse in November 2018 have claimed that Google was retaliated against them, according to Wired.

Wired wrote that Meredith Whittaker from Google’s Open Research Artificial Intelligence Project and YouTube Marketing Manager Claire Stapleton said they faced professional consequences as a result of organizing the event. In a letter published on internal Google mailing lists from Wired, Whittaker wrote that shortly after the company released an AI Ethics Council, she learned that her role would “change dramatically” and that she would have to abandon her work for a New York University. Research Institute:

Shortly after Google announced that it would cease its AI Ethics Council, I was informed that my role would change dramatically. I am told to stay with the company, I have to abandon my work with AI Ethics and the AI ​​Now Institute, which I collaborated with, and who have done a strict and recognized work on these topics. I have been working on issues about AI ethics and bias for years and is one of the people who helped shape the field on these problems. I have also taken risks to pursue a more ethical Google, although this is less profitable or convenient.

Stapleton wrote in the letter that two months after the exit, Google informed her that she would “be pulled down, that I would lose half of my reports, and that a project approved was no longer on the table.” She added that when she escalated the issue to staff and vice president, “made things much worse”; Stapleton wrote that she was instructed to take health care even though she was not ill.

When Stapleton contacted a lawyer and had the demo reversed, she noted that she still feels like Google is a hostile work environment:

After five years of high performance in YouTube Marketing (and almost twelve on Google), two months after Walkout , I was told that I would be demoted, that I would lose half of my reports and that a project approved was no longer on the table. I escalated to HR and to my VP, which made things much worse. My boss started to ignore me, my work was given to other people, and I was told to go to health care, even though I’m not sick. Only after I hired a lawyer and had contact with Google, the management did a survey and went back to my degradation, at least on paper. While my work has been restored, the environment remains hostile and I am considering quitting almost every day.

The two added to the letter that they had collected over 300 stories of retaliation by Google during the outbound, writing people who “stand up and report discrimination, abuse, and unethical behavior are punished, sidelined and postponed.” They also announced plans for a meeting in the town hall to solve the problem and asked other Google workers to share their own stories of retaliation.

I think it’s pretty simple, “software engineer and co-worker Amr Gaber told the New York Times.” Google has never dealt with them this way, and then the deportation went. Now they have to deal with knowing that their work is no longer valuable. “

The original release followed a Times article that revealed that Google had organized a $ 90 million exit package for Android OS creator Andy Rubin, who left the company among allegations of sexual harassment, although the company later apologized and said it had fired dozens of people for similar maladministration over the past few years without a set-off, wrote the times. ] Employees, including Whittaker and Stapleton, demanded a one-day expulsion – which actually happened, with an estimated 20,000 employees across the United States, Europe and Asia on November 1, 2018. Shortly after, Google terminated its mandatory arbitration policy for sexual harassment ( and ten This year, it said that it would cease arbitration on all issues in employment contracts).

In a multi-media statement, a Google spokesperson rejected allegations that any employee had been reprimanded against their role in the walkout and wrote, “We prohibit retaliation at work and investigate all claims. Employees and teams regularly and frequently recruit new jobs. , or reorganized, to keep pace with the evolving business needs. No claim has been made here. “

The full letter is available for reading on Wired. Gizmodo has released additional comments from Google, and we update if we hear back.

[Wired/New York Times]
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