Longtime employee who helped organize global protest alleges Googles response was designed to have a chilling effect on growing workplace activism
A prominent internal organizer against Googles handling of sexual harassment cases has resigned from the company, alleging she was the target of a campaign of retaliation designed to intimidate and dissuade other employees from speaking out about workplace issues.
Claire Stapleton, a longtime marketing manager at Google and its subsidiary YouTube, said she decided to leave the company after 12 years when it became clear that her trajectory at the company was effectively over.
I made the choice after the heads of my department branded me with a kind of scarlet letter that makes it difficult to do my job or find another one, she wrote in an email to co-workers announcing her departure on 31 May. If I stayed, I didnt just worry that thered be more public flogging, shunning, and stress, I expected it.
The message that was sent [to others] was: Youre going to compromise your career if you make the same choices that Claire made, she told the Guardian by phone. It was designed to have a chilling effect on employees who raise issues or speak out.