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Google Walkout organizers say they have been threatened by demotion.

Google employees go off the job to protest against the company's sexual abuse management. Mason Trinca / Getty Images Indica vs Sativa Distinction is not true Stop saying we have 12 years left to tackle climate change How to scan your Airbnb for hidden cameras How bad is Aunt Incest, really? On the first day of November last year, about 20,000 Google employees of more than 40 offices worldwide launched a protest against how the company had dealt with serious allegations of sexual abuse and harassment and how many employees are described as a culture of impunity for managers. The event was planned by a core group of seven organizers working on Google. On Monday, two of the women, Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton, shared an example of retaliation they've encountered from the company then on an internal internal mailing list from Google. Wired first reported the two were facing blowback from Google to help organize the protest. Stapleton is a 12-year-old veteran on Google. Two months after the delivery she received a word that she would be demoted and lose half of those who reported to her. "I escalated to HR and to my VP, which made things much worse," wrote Stapleton in his letter. "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." Finally, she hired a lawyer. After an investigation, Google decided to go back to her decision to…

 MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Google employees go off the job to protest against the company's management of sexual suspicions, November 1, 2018, in Mountain View, California. Employees were seen in staging walkouts in offices around the world after a report last week that Google gave $ 90 million in a departure package to Any Rubin and covered details of his allegations of sexual maladministration, which led to his death. (Photo by Mason Trinca / Getty Images)

Google employees go off the job to protest against the company’s sexual abuse management.

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On the first day of November last year, about 20,000 Google employees of more than 40 offices worldwide launched a protest against how the company had dealt with serious allegations of sexual abuse and harassment and how many employees are described as a culture of impunity for managers. The event was planned by a core group of seven organizers working on Google. On Monday, two of the women, Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton, shared an example of retaliation they’ve encountered from the company then on an internal internal mailing list from Google. Wired first reported the two were facing blowback from Google to help organize the protest.

Stapleton is a 12-year-old veteran on Google. Two months after the delivery she received a word that she would be demoted and lose half of those who reported to her. “I escalated to HR and to my VP, which made things much worse,” wrote Stapleton in his letter. “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.” Finally, she hired a lawyer. After an investigation, Google decided to go back to her decision to judge her, but Stapleton says her work environment is hostile and she is regularly contemplating quitting.

Whitaker, who leads Google’s open research team and co-founder of the AI ​​Now Institute at New York University, was told that she had to “abandon [her] work on AI ethics and the AI ​​Now Institute” to stay with Google mail message. She received words from this demotion after Google announced it would cancel an A.I. ethics board.

So far, Google’s work organization has not taken the form of forming an official union, probably partly because the company has been relatively allowed to allow employees to critically criticize and question Google’s external and internal practices. But despite the fact that Google employees are not unions, according to the National Employment Laws, they are still protected against retaliation when several employees address their employer regarding working conditions. Protesting against an environment that supports sexual harassment can be a protected activity, which means that the two may have a legal claim, according to Steve Smith, communications director of the California Labor Federation.

The efforts of the employees so far have not gone unnoticed. The day after the November delivery, Google agreed to end the mandate of forced arbitration in cases of alleged sexual harassment or abuse. That change did not apply to entrepreneurs, but which accounts for about half of Google’s workforce. In December, organizers of the exhibition sent a letter to Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, arguing that the company’s massive entrepreneurial staff deserves better salaries and benefits. Earlier this month, Google announced that it would require companies providing their entrepreneurial staff to provide certain benefits such as paid sick days, paid parental leave, study grants, and medical care. In addition, entrepreneurial companies, which also include cleaning and food officials, must also pay those who work on Google at least $ 15 an hour.

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