Google Walkout Organizers Say They’re Facing Retaliation

The workers at Google who helped to organize a global protest in November are now saying the corporate tech giant is punishing them for their activism.

Two workers at Google detailed their experiences in an internal email to coworkers, that was shared with Wired and published Monday.

In the message posted to internal Google mailing lists, Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton, two of the organizers of the Google walkout say they have been retaliated against for helping to organize massive protests. In November, 20,000 Google workers in 50 cities walked off the job to protest Google’s handling of sexual harassment allegations.

The following was written in a letter signed by Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton:

“Google has a culture of retaliation, which too often works to silence women, people of color, and gender minorities. Retaliation isn’t always obvious. It’s often confusing and drawn out, consisting of icy conversations, gaslighting, project cancellations, transition rejections, or demotions.”

The letter closes:

“We need to push back. Here are some next steps:

  1. We will be hosting a Retaliation Town Hall to share our stories and strategize. When: Friday, April 26, 11am PT/2pm ET. Add the event to your calendar here. [The message included an internal link to a livestream of the meeting.]
  2. If you’ve been retaliated against, please share your story. (If you shared your story with the Walkout form, feel free to reshare and help keep everything in one place.) The more we share with each other, the easier it will be to push back. Add yours.”




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