One of the organizers of a worldwide Google employee walkout in November has quit the company, citing retaliation from her superiors.
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Claire Stapleton, who worked as a marketing manager at Google-owned YouTube, said in an internal post that was later shared to Medium that she decided to leave the search giant after 12 years because the heads of her department “branded me with a kind of scarlet letter that makes it difficult to do my job or find another one.”
Stapleton was an organizer of a global 20,000-employee walkout in protest of Google’s record of giving eye-popping severance packages to executives accused of sexual misconduct — including a $90 million golden parachute for Android creator Andy Rubin.
At the time, Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai instructed leaders to not punish their employees for walking out. But Stapleton said that Google has since refused “to acknowledge our humanity and engage with the deeper issues being raised.”
“If I stayed, I didn’t just worry that there’d be more public flogging, shunning, and stress, I expected it,” Stapleton wrote.
Stapleton did not detail what retaliation she experienced, but described her past few months as “unbearably stressful and confusing.”
In a statement to The Post, a Google spokesperson said that the company does not tolerate retaliation, and that it wishes her the best moving forward.
“Our employee relations team did a thorough investigation of her claims and found no evidence of retaliation,” the spokesperson said. “They found that Claire’s management team supported her contributions to our workplace, including awarding her their team Culture Award for her role in the walkout.”