Activists accused Google of “racist” practices. Company’s answer

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Activists accuse Google of 'racist' behavior.  Company's answer

Google has denied all the allegations against the company.

Washington:

A US-based Dalit civil rights organization on Thursday accused Google of racist and hostile workplace practices.

However, Google has denied the allegations.

Google spokeswoman Shannon Newbery told The Washington Post, “Racial discrimination has no place in our workplace. We have a very clear, publicly shared policy against retaliation and discrimination in our workplace.” inside the company.

An Indian-American employee of Google has resigned in protest.

Equality Labs, a leading Dalit civil rights organization dedicated to caste equality, alleged in a statement that the Google management disclosed a lack of caste qualifications and put its employees in danger as they perpetrated caste bigotry and harassment on a large scale at the company. Gave.

As The Washington Post reports, Thenmozhi Sundararajan, executive director of Equality Labs, faced discriminatory claims within Google, leading to Google News’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) talks on race for April’s Dalit History Month. was cancelled.

“During this time, opponents of racial equality circulated misinformation internally about Sundararajan and Equality Labs until the final cancellation of the civil rights event,” Equality Labs said in a statement.

Sundararajan said, “The movement towards caste equality is rooted in love, empathy and justice.”

“I can’t find the words to express how painful and discriminatory Google’s actions were towards its employees and me, after the company illegally canceled a talk about race equality. To Google must address the racism within our workforce that allows these attacks to happen and continue,” he said.

In response, Tanuja Gupta, a project manager at Google News, the founder of Googlers to End Forced Arbitration, and an original organizer of the Google Walkout, accused more than 400 Google activists of racial equality, racial discrimination against Googlers protesting equality. supported to oppose. Labs said.

“Members of Gupta’s team were panicked as a result of the planned negotiations, and their safety was put at risk. Google management retaliated against Gupta with a human resources investigation and punitive corrective action, which forced him to resign.” , because she no longer felt safe in the company.” Told.

“Having been in the company for 11 years, I had many reasons to leave, but this was the only one I wanted. In the process of doing my job and promoting caste equality in the company, I saw four women of color upset and silent. ,” shared former Google project manager Tanuja Gupta in her June 1, 2022 resignation email to over 15,000 Googlers.

“The reality is that these are not isolated events, it is a pattern.” “We are deeply concerned that Google will retaliate against people for safe workplaces and for racial equality,” said Alvina Ye, executive director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO.

“As a labor constituency organization representing AAP workers, we know that supporting racial justice means fighting caste discrimination. Our members have taken a strong stand for caste equality, and we know that We believe that this is an attack on the entire labor movement. We condemn the action of the Google management,” Ye said.

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