Last week, a Google employee posted a memo to the company’s internal message board alleging she was discriminated against while pregnant—and that she wouldn’t be returning to Google after maternity leave.
According to Motherboard, nearly 10,000 employees at Google have since seen the memo, which is aptly titled “I’m Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why.”
“I’m sharing this statement because I hope it informs needed change in how Google handles discrimination, harassment and retaliation,” the employee wrote.
“This is a long read, but the details are important in understanding the often drawn-out, isolating and painful experience of victims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Also, if anything similar has happened to you, know that you’re not alone.”
In the memo, she details several instances of her manager making discriminatory comments about pregnant women.
Upon reporting the behavior to HR, the employee found that her manager started treating her differently.
“Almost immediately upon my discussions with HR, my manager’s demeanor towards me changed, and drastically,” she wrote.
“I endured months of angry chats and emails, vetoed projects, her ignoring me during in-person encounters, and public shaming. The final blow was finding out my manager was sharing reputation-damaging remarks with other more senior Googlers not on my [product area], and actively interviewing candidates to replace me.”
In a statement to Fast Company, Google denounced retaliatory behavior but didn’t directly address the allegations.
“We prohibit retaliation in the workplace and publicly share our very clear policy,” a spokesperson wrote.
“To make sure that no complaint raised goes unheard at Google, we give employees multiple channels to report concerns, including anonymously, and investigate all allegations of retaliation.”
1）aptly adv. 适当地，适切地，巧妙地
This image aptly illustrates the awesome beauty of the most complex object in the known universe.
adj.恰当的；聪明的；易于 … 的
an apt description of the situation
He did not threaten any retaliation.
retaliation 的动词原形retaliate，v. 报复；回敬
If you are rude to me, I shall retaliate with equal rudeness.
3）demeanor n. 风度；举止；行为
Our demeanor is one of being calm, peaceful and balanced at all times.
If you put on your biggest smile and most polite demeanor, you will win everyone over.