Revolt in Google for cases of sexual harassment

Google offices in Mountain View (California, USA).

Google offices in Mountain View (California, USA).

Employees of Google protest again against the cases of sexual harassment lived in the company. More than 500 workers of the powerful US technology giant published a letter last Friday demanding that those accused of abusing their colleagues or trying to stop protecting them. Since then the number of employee firms has grown to 1,796.

"It is a long pattern in which Alphabet (its parent company) protects the harasser rather than the person harmed by the harassment, "the letter says." The person reporting the harassment is forced to bear the burden, typically leaving Alphabet while their harasser stays or is rewarded for their behavior ”.

The complaints of these workers are well founded. Two days earlier, the former Google engineer Emi Nietfeld explained in an article in the 'New York Times' that, after reporting a case of harassment in the office by her supervisor, she was forced to continue holding meetings with him and to sit next to him. For a year she did not report the case for "fear of being expelled" and in doing so she was recommended to "work from home or take a vacation." Six other Google employees had expressed that his comments made them feel uncomfortable and even that they did not want to work with him.

With that in mind, the letter signed by almost 2,000 employees of what is probably the most powerful technology company in the world - controls the market for Internet search engines with Google, that of 'smartphones' with the operating system Android and the one of the videos with Youtube- It raises two demands: that the bullies do not lead any team and that, if the complaints are verified, they be changed from one group to another so as not to force the victims to live with them.

Accumulation of sex scandals

This is not the first time that Google employees have reported that the company protects stalkers. In 2018 some 20,000 workers around the world, from California to Berlin or Tokyo, took to the streets to protest scandals such as the one in Andy rubin, creator of Android mobile software and an essential part of the company's success. An internal investigation found credible the testimony of a woman who accused him of forcing her to perform oral sex in a hotel in 2013. Although Google acknowledged those facts and requested his resignation, it concealed them and ended up paying Rubin a compensation of $ 90 million.

A year later it was revealed that, in 2016, Google had responded with the same strategy to a similar case. Amit singhal, a former vice president of search for the company, was then forced to resign after being investigated for sexual misconduct. In exchange, he was compensated with a package that could reach 45 million dollars. That case became known after several shareholders denounced the Alphabet board of directors, accusing its members of trying to cover up these abuses.

Google spokespersons have told the US press that following the 2018 protests, the company has changed the way it responds to allegations of sexual harassment.


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