Google employees walk out over sexual misconduct issues. Legit? Or more PC Terror?
It is interesting that this issue has spurred (some) Google employees but that Google partnering with the Chinese government to create a "censored Internet" is of much less concern. In fact some employees at Google recently presured the company into not doing a cloud deal with the United States Pentagon, yet no walkouts because of the partnership with China? That's curious.
The current kerfuffle sounds like a mix of bad corporate leadership, political correctness gone amuck generally, and #MeToo French Revolution - style terror specifically. Not that any misconduct should be dismissed. But it is fascinating what is "important" to some.
Consider the "employee" communique on the walkouts;
"While Google has championed the language of diversity and inclusion, substantive actions to address systemic racism, increase equity, and stop sexual harassment have been few and far between," ..."ENOUGH. Reassuring PR won't cut it: we need transparency, accountability, and structural change."
"Enough"? Please. OK, one can just imagine the PC zealots drawing this one up. Enough indeed. This sounds like it was crafted in the bowels of the Berkeley Sociology Department.
What a nightmare on all levels. Can you imagine how fun it must be at the company for anyone who strays from the official Google speech codes and standards of PC practice?
Some would call it a "hostile work environment".
The demonstrations — set for 11:10 a.m. at each local time — come in in the wake of an explosive New York Times' report that detailed how Google shielded executives accused of sexual misconduct, either by keeping them on staff or allowing them amicable departures. For example, Google reportedly paid Android leader Andy Rubin a $90 million exit package despite asking for his resignation after finding sexual misconduct claims against him credible. (Through a spokesperson, Rubin denied any misconduct and on Twitter he called his reported compensation a "wild exaggeration.")