BUSINESS 41 – Google Employees Plan A Rally To Protest The Administrative Leave Of Two Co-Workers

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Warm up

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  1. What industry do you work in and what is your role?
  2. What are your responses in your role / position?
  3. Can you describe to the function of your workplace / company?
  4. How many departments, how many offices. National or International?
  5. What are the minimum requirements for employment ie Education or Experience?
  6. How many opportunities are there to ‘move up the ladder’?
  7. What is the process for changing job roles ie Interview? Test?

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General discussion about your workweek:

  1. Current projects? Deadlines? Opportunities?
  2. Anything of interest happening?

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1. Google employees are holding a rally in San Francisco on Friday, November 22, to call for the reinstatement of two workers that the company placed on administrative leave for what those involved in the protest describe as retaliation for their organizing efforts

2. It’s the latest public action pitting Google workers against management, which in the past year has included protests on company policies and business practices and simmering tensions over issues like information restrictions and changes to internal communications

3. Organizers of Friday’s rally describe the administrative leave of their colleagues as a “brute force intimidation attemptand write that the employees placed on leave had spoken out about Google’s contracts with U.S. Customs and Border Protectionhate speech on YouTube, and other business and workplace issues.

4. In a memo circulated internally, rally organizers call on co-workers to “demand an end to the escalating pattern of intimidationand write that “together, we can save Google’s open culture.”

The organizers also claim Google has increased surveillance of employees and cracked down on dissent since a massive employee walkout about the company’s handling of sexual misconduct in fall 2019.

5. They cite Google’s implementation of a tool for tracking large meetings, its work with a firm known for its anti-union efforts and changes to “community guidelines” as examples of Google’s oversight.

6. A Google spokesperson says that it investigates and takes action against violations of company policies, but denies the specific reasons that protest organizers say the two employees were placed on leave.


1. What is the process for complaints about work conditions?

2. What are some well known occasions when something like this has happened in japan (modern history)?

3. What reasons would inspire/cause you to protest your workplace?


  1.  reinstatement = restore something to its previous position
  2.  administrative leaveAdministrative leave is a temporary leave from a job assignment, with pay and benefits intact 
  3.  retaliation = the action of harming someone because they have harmed oneself; revenge.
  4.  pittingset someone or something in conflict or competition with
  5.  simmering tensions 
  6.  brute force = using as much power as possible rather than carefully planned out and tactical 
  7.  cracked down = to take severe or stern measures, especially in enforcing obedience to laws or regulations
  8.  dissent = the holding or expression of opinions at variance with those commonly or officially held.
  9.  oversight. = an unintentional failure to notice or do something.