Google employees protest retaliation with international sit-in

Google employees hold a sit-in at offices around the world to protest alleged reprisals against workers.

A Google employee told The Verge that hundreds of people were expected to be involved throughout the day, with sit-ins at the offices scheduled for 11 a.m. local time. A spokesperson for Google said that more than 200 employees participated in the sit-in in New York, but not all of the company's offices participated. Employees also participated in international offices, including London.

In sit-ins, employees shared stories of what they said were retaliatory acts. "So many brave people shared their stories," wrote Meredith Whittaker, a Google employee who helped organize the workers' strike last year. "There were tears and there was talk of unions."

While workers have legal protections to talk about working conditions, Google has faced accusations of retaliation from Google. employees who organized the event of 20,000 people last year. Workers to protest the handling of complaints of sexual harassment by the company. Two organizers said in an internal message last month that their job responsibilities had declined after organizing protests. Since then, other employees have shared stories about incidents that they said were reprisals.

Google has said that the company does not tolerate retaliation and that any change in the allocation was not retaliation.

In the sittings, the workers shared more stories. In one, shared publicly on Twitter, an employee explained that after having problems with a manager, she "never talked about promotion once in the next five years at Google."

"We prohibit reprisals in the workplace and we publicly share our policy very clearly, "said a Google spokesman in a statement." To make sure that no complaints are heard on Google, we provide employees with multiple channels to report concerns, including anonymously, and investigate all reports of reprisals. "

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