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Google’s HR chief resigns after a worldwide strike of 20,000 employees over the sex scandal

Google HR chief Eileen Naughton resigns after 20,000 employees worldwide walk over millions of dollars in hush money payments to execs of sex scandal-stricken organizers

  • Eileen Naughton said she was going back to New York to be with her family
  • Naughton’s term of office included massive outages of 20,000 employees around the world
  • Employees were angry with payments to bosses with sex scandals in 2018
  • Alphabet Sundar Pichai CEO thanked Naughton for “everything she did”

Google’s HR chief resigns after the technology giant has stopped payments for executives involved in sexual misconduct and then fired personnel who organized protests.

Eileen Naughton’s move was confirmed on Monday. While ‘vice president of people operations’, Naughton supervised the addition of 70,000 employees to the workforce.

Alphabet CEO, Google’s parent company, Sundar Pichai said, “We are grateful to Eileen for everything she has done and look forward to her next chapter at Google.”

Naughton said, “My husband and I have decided – after six years on the road, first in London and now in San Francisco – to return to New York to be closer to our family.”

Naughton faced a massive outage of around 20,000 staff around the world in 2018 due to massive redundancies to executives involved in claims about sexual misconduct.

Eileen Naughton said in a statement: “My husband and I have decided – after six years on the road, first in London and now San Francisco – to return home to New York to be closer to our family” (photo: speaking during the 2014 Matrix Awards at The Waldorf Astoria on April 28, 2014 in New York City)

Since the strike, many members of staff have reported that Google has resorted to those who have alleged allegations. And there was controversy when four staff members – some involved in organizing the walkouts – were fired in November 2019.

Naughton, a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, previously worked for Time Incorporated, later Time Warner, before moving to Google in 2006.

She is married to husband Craig and they have one son and two daughters.

Tensions recently spilled over into the once-earned Silicon Valley offices when bosses canceled a series of company-wide meetings where employees could ask managers questions.

Among the four layoffs in November, Laurence Berland and Rebecca Rivers told The New York Times their duties were dropped after they had internal concerns about Google’s work Customs and border protection.

Google claimed that the four had violated data and security policies.

The quartet’s layoffs – called the “Thanksgiving Four” on social media – have deepened the tensions of personnel management at a company that was once seen as a paradigm of freedoms in Silicon Valley, but is now embroiled in numerous controversies.

Among the four redundancies in November, Laurence Berland and Rebecca Rivers told the New York Times that their jobs had been cut after they had internal concerns about Google's work Customs and border protection (photo: Google headquarters in London)

Of the four redundancies in November, Laurence Berland and Rebecca Rivers told the New York Times that their jobs had been cut after they had internal concerns about Google's work Customs and border protection (photo: Google headquarters in London)

Among the four redundancies in November, Laurence Berland and Rebecca Rivers told the New York Times that their jobs had been cut after they had internal concerns about Google’s work Customs and border protection (photo: Google headquarters in London)

“If we cannot say anything about these issues that concern us with our work,” said Mr Berland to the newspaper, “how can we ever keep ourselves and each other to the high standard we need and deserve the world?” Silence and secrecy are not the way to come together to solve problems. “

In recent years, the Google workplace has been disrupted by opposition from employees to decisions at the highest level, ranging from forging contracts with the US military to customizing a version of the search engine for China.

Employees were upset in 2018 due to the payment of $ 90 million to senior developer Andy Rubin, who co-founded Google’s mobile operating system and was accused of sexual misconduct.

Employees were upset because of a huge payout that Google made to senior developer Andy Rubin (photo), who co-founded Google's mobile operating system and was accused of sexual misconduct

Employees were upset because of a huge payout made by Google to senior developer Andy Rubin (photo), who co-founded Google's mobile operating system and was accused of sexual misconduct

Employees were upset because of a huge payout made by Google to senior developer Andy Rubin (photo), who co-founded Google’s mobile operating system and was accused of sexual misconduct

A New York Times report stated that Google founder Larry Page, acting as CEO, personally asked for Rubin’s resignation after a Google investigation found that a female employee within the company credibly accused him of sexual harassment.

Rubin, who was married at the time, is said to have forced the woman into oral sex during a meeting in a hotel room in 2013.

Rubin denied misconduct. To speed up his exit from the company, Google agreed to pay Rubin a departure package.

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