Google employees are holding a sit-in at offices around the world to protest alleged retaliation toward employees who participated in walkouts last year. The protest will take place at Google offices on Wednesday, a Google employee told that hundreds were expected to be involved throughout the day, with sit-ins scheduled for 11 AM local time.
Leaders of the protest have called-on their co-workers to participate in the protest at Google offices around the world, six months after walkouts over the company’s handling of sexual harassment claims. A Google spokesperson also said that more than 200 employees participated in the New York sit-in, but that not all company offices participated. Google employees in international offices including London has also taken part.
At the protest so main employees have shared their stories of what they said as the act of retaliation. Google has made some changes in its internal policies regarding protest like to eliminate its forced arbitration policies for employees bringing sexual assault or harassment claims.
“So many brave people shared their stories,” Meredith Whittaker, a Google employee who helped organize last year’s worker walkout, tweeted. “There were tears and talk of unions.”
Google has also faced an accusation of retaliation from employees who organized last year’s walkout of 20,000 workers to protest the company’s managing of sexual harassment allegations. Two organizers said in a private message that their job responsibilities decline after organizing the protest.
“We prohibit retaliation in the workplace and publicly share our very clear policy,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. “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.”
On the other hand, Google said they will not tolerate retaliation and that any changes in assignment were not retaliatory. The company’s retaliation against the employees is the subject of a complaint filed with the National Labor Relations Board. It is against federal law to threaten employees with unfavorable consequences for engaging in “protected, concerted activity. Many google offices in Asia and Europe remain closed on Wednesday.