Google staff share claims of company retaliation in town hall meeting - Engadget
Google staff share claims of company retaliation in town hall meeting EngadgetAs promised, Google employees who led the large-scale walkouts in November have held a town hall meeting to share more allegations of a retaliatory culture ...
Stapleton and Whittaker started the outcry after explaining their own accusations. Stapleton said she was going to be demoted from her marketing role at YouTube and was asked to take a medical leave she didn't need, saving her position only after she retained a lawyer. She added in email that the "environment remains hostile." Whittaker, meanwhile, was booted out of her AI ethics work and tried to transfer to another AI team (reportedly with the backing of AI lead Jeff Dean), but apparently lost that transfer not long after the petition that led to Google .
Google isn't necessarily going to respond to the campaign. Bloomberg obtained a message from Google diversity director Oona King that donwplayed one of the cases. "It isn't as appears here," she said. In a statement, Google also stressed that prohibited retaliation, publicly shared its policy and gave staff "multiple channels" to report issues, including anonymous options.
Not that this will likely dissuade protesters. Google has faced a number of internal disputes over its business practices, including its and its work on a . Simply put, workers feel much more capable of challenging the company's policies than they did before.