Google employees say the company’s not doing enough to protect them from harassment, threats
Published on January 27, 2018
By FLONAD News
By Jessica Guynn.
Too little action from Google management drove them to speak publicly for the first time this week when they told their stories to Wired magazine.
They say they are hopeful they can pressure the company into taking a stronger stance against the growing abuse and that they can help stop this kind of intimidation and bullying from happening at other tech companies.
“What we want is for our company to be a great place to work and for everyone to be able to do their job without having to worry they are going to get a death threat in their email,” Google software engineer and diversity advocate Tariq Yusuf told USA TODAY.
Google says it has met with the affected employees and addressed direct threats.
“As we’ve said before, we strongly support the right of Googlers to express themselves, and an important part of our culture is lively debate.
But like any workplace, that doesn’t mean that anything goes,” Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano said in a statement. “When we discover code of conduct violations, we take action, including termination of employment.”
Google site reliability engineer Liz Fong-Jones, a trans woman who has been the target of a harassment campaign conducted by a group of “extremists” inside Google, says she knows “multiple” colleagues who were not contacted by human resources or who were told that the company couldn’t do anything about their concerns.
“We need to see concrete and meaningful action,” Fong-Jones said.
With its abundant perks, Google’s corporate culture is supposed to be one of the friendliest on the planet, inspiring loyalty among staffers and regularly landing the company atop lists of the best places to work.
Read more… USA TODAY
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