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USA: One year after Google's #MeToo walkout, new document highlights retaliation workers faced for reporting harassment

Author: Shirin Ghaffary, Vox, Published on: 17 September 2019

"Dozens of Google employees say they were retaliated against for reporting harassment", 9 September 2019

Last November...[Google] employees around the world had walked out of the company’s offices to protest that Google had paid out over $100 million to multiple executives accused of sexual harassment...In response, the tech giant apologized and said it would overhaul its sexual misconduct policies and that it would be more supportive of workers who raise concerns about problems at work...

...almost a year after the...walkout, a dozen current and former Google employees told Recode that many employees are still...afraid to report workplace issues because they fear retaliation. They say the company continues to conceal...issues...especially when the problems involve high-ranking managers or high-stakes projects. And in a previously unreported internal document obtained by Recode, dozens more employees say that when they filed complaints with Google’s human resources department, they were retaliated against by being demoted, pushed out, or placed on less desirable projects...

...In a statement...Google...defended how the company handles misconduct claims. “...All instances of inappropriate conduct reported to us are investigated rigorously, and over the past year we have simplified how employees can raise concerns and provided more transparency into the investigations process...We work to be extremely transparent about how we handle complaints and the action we take.”...

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Related companies: Google (part of Alphabet)