As many as 45 Google employees reportedly faced retaliation after they complained to Human Resources on issues like workplace harassment and unethical work culture. It can be recalled that last year around 20,000 Google employees held a walkout to protest the company's handling of sexual harassment and misconduct. The company promised to make changes, employees have since charged the company with having a "retaliation culture."
In a recent development, Recode reports that a dozen current and former Google employees are still afraid to report workplace issues. The media website reported, 45 employees said, they were demoted, pushed out or placed on less desirable projects after they filed complaints with human resources. Employees told that Google continues to conceal, rather than address, issues ranging from sexual harassment to security.
According to Engadget, Google's VP of People Operations Eileen Naughton said, "Reporting misconduct takes courage and we want to provide care and support to people who raise concerns. All instances of inappropriate conduct reported to us are investigated rigorously, and over the past year, we have simplified how employees can raise concerns and provided more transparency into the investigations process at Google. We work to be extremely transparent about how we handle complaints and the action we take."