Google Employees Stage Yet Another Protest Alleging Company Retaliation Against Previous Walkout

Google Employees Stage Yet Another Protest Alleging Company Retaliation Against Previous Walkout Google office. (Unsplash/Paweł Czerwiński)

Google Inc., employees today (1 May) are staging a sit-in protest at the IT major's offices across the world, six months after they staged a walkout against workplace harassment.

"From being told to go on sick leave when you're not sick, to having your reports taken away, we're sick of retaliation. Six months ago, we walked out. This time, we're sitting in. 11 a.m. tomorrow," the group "Google Walkout For Real Change" tweeted on Tuesday (30 April).

Since May 1 is Labour Day and many Google offices would remain closed, the group added in a tweet, "We encourage offices to participate during their next business day!"

Earlier on 1 November (2018), thousands of Googlers (as they are usually called) around the world had staged a series of walkouts alleging discrimination.

The organisers of the protest had published a letter asking the company to change its policies to make it safer for women to report instances of sexual harassment and to bolster the transparency of those reports.

Employees have alleged that the company has retaliated against those who organised the walkout. However, Google has declined such claims.

Slowing Growth

Apart from criticism of its human resource (HR) policies, Google has also drawn flak from investors after its parent company Alphabet Inc., disclosed poor quarterly numbers this week.

The shares closed down 7.5 per cent, their most significant one-day decline since October 2012.

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