Former Google staff member states #MeToo habits ‘institutionalised’ at search giant

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A previous Google staff member published a scathing account Wednesday of her relationship with the search giant’s primary legal officer, stating her treatment represented “institutionalized behavior” that begins at the “very top” of the business.

Jennifer Blakely, a previous agreements supervisor for Google’s legal group, stated she and David Drummond started dating in 2004, and had a child together. Because of the relationship, Google moved Blakely out of the legal group to the sales department, triggering her profession to suffer. 

After the relationship ended, she states, Drummond ignored their kid and made “terrifying threats” to get custody. She stated he at first declined to talk about kid assistance, and she called Drummond’s treatment “nothing short of abuse.”

Google didn’t react to numerous ask for remark from Drummond or the business.

Blakely formerly shared her experience with The New York Times in a bombshell short article last November about the business’s handling of sexual misbehavior accusations versus essential executives, consisting of Android developer Andy Rubin and previous Google X director Richard DeVaul. The story stimulated an enormous walkout demonstration from 20,000 Google workers in workplaces around the globe. 

At the time of the New York Times report, CEO Sundar Pichai and Head of People Operations Eileen Naughton composed in a memo to workers, “We are committed to ensuring that Google is a workplace where you can feel safe to do your best work, and where there are serious consequences for anyone who behaves inappropriately.” 

Google still deals with severe internal stress and sharp criticism about its policies. Google workers have actually objected the business’s military agreements, operate in China and treatment of professionals. Google walkout organizers have actually likewise declared  they dealt with retaliation from business management for their advocacy efforts. Google has actually rejected that claim.

In her post, Blakely states Google’s management is to blame for its issues.

“I lived through it first hand and I believe a company’s culture, its behavioral patterns, start at the top,” Blakely composed in her post. “Rarely do we hear about what happens to women after they are forced out of their jobs but I can tell you what happened to me.”

Some of Blakely’s most damning remarks address Google’s culture, which she states secures male executives implicated of misbehavior. 

“Looking back, I see how standards that I was willing to indulge early on became institutionalized behavior as Google’s world prominence grew and its executives grew more powerful,” Blakely composed in her post. “Until truth is willing to speak to power and is heard, there’s not going to be the sea change necessary to bring equality to the workplace.”

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