The tech giant faces yet another backlash as a employee’s internal memo read by more than 10,000 of her colleagues.
A 2,300-word memo written by a Google employee that alleges discrimination against pregnant women has gone viral at the tech giant and beyond.
Titled “I’m Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why.”, the memo went up on an internal Google message board for new and expectant mothers. The case received an overwhelming support and prompted an investigation by the HR department.
So what did the memo reveal?
· The unnamed employee reported her manager's discriminatory comments about pregnant women to HR
· Despite HR's assurance her manager would not retaliate against her, the manager began sending her angry chats and emails, vetoing her projects, ignoring her during in-person meetings and shaming her publicly.
· After joining another team, she was prohibited from managing it until after her maternity leave because her leave could "stress the team" and "rock the boat."
And this is how Google responded to the worker’s allegations:
"We prohibit retaliation in the workplace and publicly share our very clear policy. To make sure that no complaint raised goes unheard at Google, we give employees multiple channels to report concerns, including anonymously, and investigate all allegations of retaliation."
Google is no stranger to controversy regarding discrimination.
Last November, workers staged a global walkout after learning executives accused of sexual harassment were paid millions of dollars in severance pay.
Two years ago, another Google employee’s memo went viral, arguing that men were better engineers than women and the company should steer clear from diversifying.
Source: Fox News