This week, we're sharing stories about retaliation from workers at Google and Facebook.
I reported unethical behavior of retaliation I witnessed, first through management, then through HR and finally through the ethics and compliance team. It was uncomfortable raising to my manager, agonizing to through human resources, but nothing more traumatizing than my experience with the ethics and compliance investigation that was carried out.
I have over 10 years experience in the tech industry before coming to Google and the months-long investigation that ethics and compliance subjected me to was a campaign of gaslighting and harassment in an attempt to discredit me and my claims. I was being defamed in the same industry I had already built my livelihood in and my future career prospects jeopardized. Even after my original claims of retaliation were substantiated by the investigation the underlying concerns of unethical behavior were not addressed. The person who had been perpetuating the retaliation simply received additional “managerial coaching.”
After all of this, retaliation did not stop and now my reputation has been damaged both inside the company and throughout the industry at large. The whisper campaign and outright defaming has had long-term effects on my career and the ethics and compliance investigation only made matters worse. I am doing everything possible to rebuild my professional reputation, but it will take years.