Google employees planning to march into the San Francisco Pride parade this weekend were warned that protesting YouTube's LGBTQ + policy would violate company policy.
Confirmation of Google's attitude to employee protests at Pride was first reported by The Verge through an email exchange between a leader of Gayglers, an internal LGBTQ + employee group, and the company's Global LGBTQ + Community Inclusion Lead. When the employee asked if he could be separated from Google's contingent while protesting YouTube's recent policy decisions, the inclusion lead said it would violate the company's communications policy.
Google has endeavored to stem the consequences of the controversial Crowder video incident. CEO Sundar Pichai said in an e-mail to LGBTQ staff that YouTube's management had "scrutinized" the harassment policy.
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A Google spokesperson confirmed this Business insiders said on Monday that employees would violate company policies if they were protesting against the company as they marched along the suspension railway. The spokesman said the staff members could freely protest if they participate in the parade with a group other than Google, or if they appear in their own "personal capacity."
"Because you represent the company, you can not protest the company at the same time."
A current employee who spoke with Business Insider said that Google's restriction is important because you have to belong to a specific group or quota to attend the parade.
Asked against which part of the company's policy protesting employees were violating, the spokesman told Business Insider, "Because you represent the company, you can not protest the company at the same time."
On Monday, Gaygler Group Leader sent an email to all Google employees to inform them about the position of the company. In part of the e-mail received from Business Insider, the staff member wrote, "When you march on a float sponsored by Google, you represent the company and the statement the company makes (ie, it supports LGBTQ + rights, pride, etc.) Employees Apart from our corporate-sponsored float / contingent, they can make any personal statement, but you must not use our platform to express any message that contradicts Google's. "
The way employees are punished if they decide to protest under Google's contingent this weekend was said to require employees to contact the Code of Conduct Enforcement team member who spoke with Business Insider.
A second senior colleague told Business Insider that the potential consequences of a breach of the Communications Directive may include some steps: first a verbal warning, then a formal complaint, and finally a clear statement that they would be fired if they were fired continue to breach the Directive in the same way.
This employee said on Monday that Google had already made a protest on the Pride parade in San Francisco, all violators would likely "jump faster on this escalation."
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