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Google 'retaliating against harassment protest organisers'ND

BBC News, Wednesday 24th April 2019

Organisers of a series of walkouts in protest at Google’s treatment of women have said the company has since retaliated against them. In November, 20,000 employees walked out of their offices demanding several key changes in how sexual misconduct allegations were dealt with at Google. Now, in an internal email published by Wired, two of the employee activists who organised the protest have accused Google of retaliating against the organisers. Employee activist Claire Stapleton said she had faced demotion from her position as marketing manager since the protests, saying that her work was given to other people and she was told to take medical leave, despite not being sick. “Only after I hired a lawyer and had her contact Google did management conduct an investigation and walked back my demotion, at least on paper,” she said. “While my work has been restored, the environment remains hostile and I consider quitting nearly every day.” A Google representative said: “We prohibit retaliation in the workplace and investigate all allegations. Employees and teams are regularly and commonly given new assignments, or reorganised to keep pace with evolving business needs. There has been no retaliation here.”

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