Google has pushed back on statements that it is prohibiting workers from protesting YouTube at the time of the San Francisco Pride Parade. Various outlets claimed this week that a leaked memo banned any Google workers from objecting YouTube at the upcoming event while marching with the firm. Most outlets highlighted that Google workers can still object YouTube at pride, just in their own capability instead of next to the firm float. Media claimed that the firm’s actions can breach federal labor rules defending workplace activism.
Some Google workers are aiming to object muted reaction of YouTube to Steven Crowder’s (conservative commentator) harassment of Carlos Maza (LGBT journalist). By itself, publically condemning Google is not a breach of the firm’s code of conduct. In case of the Pride Parade, workers who expected to object YouTube or Google were alerted that doing so in their official ability might be in breach of the firm’s code of conduct.
A spokesperson of Google claimed to the media that there was no internal memo leaked. A member of the Gayglers met with Employee Engagement team of Google to talk about whether workers marching with Google in Pride can object the firm simultaneously. The Gaygler member was informed that if workers select to object the firm at Pride, they had to do so in their own ability. The workers then mailed this meeting recap to an internal member.
On a related note, one of the top organizers of 2018 mass walkout of Google workers objecting the firm’s management of sexual harassment instances earlier left the firm, as per media reports. A marketing manager, Claire Stapleton, who spent 12 Years at YouTube and Google, took leave from the firm over supposed retaliation conducted in opposition to her by the firm, the media reports claimed earlier.