April 23, 2019
By Olivia Harvey
The female Google employees who staged the sexual misconduct protest say they’re now being punished by their bosses
Hello GigglesApril 23, 2019
The female Google employees who staged the sexual misconduct protest say they're now being punished by their bosses
Two Google employees who helped organize the 2018 Google Walkout say they’re now facing retaliation within the company. Here’s what they plan to do about it.
In November 2018, over 20,000 Google employees participated in the Google Walkout, a peaceful protest to draw attention to the company’s mishandling of sexual misconduct reports and to demand change going forward. However, although the seven (all-female) organizers of the walkout were initially supported by their coworkers and company higher-ups, they are now reportedly facing retaliation. According to a letter written by Claire Stapleton and Meredith Whittaker, two of the main organizers, the company is punishing them for their act of protest.
In the letter, published in Wired, Whittaker, who leads Google’s Open Research, stated that she was informed her role would be “changed dramatically” after Google disbanded its AI ethics council on April 4th. In order to stay at the company, Whittaker was told she must “abandon” her AI ethics work and step down from her position at NYU’s AI Now Institute, a research center she cofounded.
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