More than 500 Alphabet employees have actually signed an open letter requiring Google stop protecting the subjects of harassment problems. The move comes two days after former Google engineer Emi Nietfeld wrote an op-ed in The New York Times alleging that she was forced to have individually meetings with the male who harassed her– and sit beside him in the workplace– even after she submitted an HR problem.
” This is a long pattern where Alphabet safeguards the harasser rather of safeguarding the person harmed by the harassment,” the letter reads. “The person who reports harassment is forced to bear the problem, usually leaving Alphabet while their harasser stays or is rewarded for their behavior.”
Workers lay out 2 needs in the letter. First, that Google strip harassers of their direct reports, guaranteeing that “no harasser needs to lead a team or manage.” Second, that they force harassers to change groups if the claims are confirmed so employees do not need to work together with their harasser.
” Im heartened to see this letter,” Nietfeld said in a phone interview with The Verge. Google works with so lots of individuals who are passionate about doing the ideal thing.
Andrew Gainer-Dewar, a Google software application engineer and member of the Alphabet Workers Union, states Nietfelds experience highlights the need for cumulative action. “Surely someone who has been credibly implicated of harassment should not be managing individuals,” he informs The Verge. “And someone who has actually been discovered to have actually bugged people certainly shouldnt be handling individuals.”
Nietfelds story highlights issues raised by Google employees in 2018 in the aftermath of the Andy Rubin scandal. Rubin, who co-founded Android, was paid $90 million in spite of being credibly accused of sexual misconduct. When these accusations came to light, 20,000 Google employees went out to protest the companys handling of unwanted sexual advances.
One of the needs from walkout organizers was an end to the forced arbitration stipulation in Google contracts. While Google eliminated the provision for staff members, it did not remove it for contractors or employees at other Alphabet companies.
“Alphabet has actually not altered, and did not fulfill any of the Google Walkout demands (temperatures, suppliers, professionals, and employees from Alphabet companies other than Google are still required into arbitration),” the letter states. The Google Walkout demands are still waiting to be fulfilled!”
In a statement to The Verge, a Google representative stressed that the business has changed its handling of harassment claims because the walkout occurred. “Weve made considerable improvements to our total process, consisting of the way we examine and handle worker concerns, and presenting new care programs for workers who report issues,” a representative said. “Reporting misbehavior takes nerve and well continue our work to enhance our processes and assistance for individuals who do.”

Andrew Gainer-Dewar, a Google software engineer and member of the Alphabet Workers Union, says Nietfelds experience highlights the requirement for collective action. Nietfelds story highlights issues raised by Google employees in 2018 in the consequences of the Andy Rubin scandal. When these allegations came to light, 20,000 Google staff members strolled out to oppose the businesss handling of sexual harassment.
“Alphabet has not changed, and did not satisfy any of the Google Walkout needs (temperatures, suppliers, contractors, and employees from Alphabet business other than Google are still required into arbitration),” the letter says.

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