What you need to know
- Google's HR head Eileen Naughton will be stepping down later this year amid rising tensions between the company's employees and the top brass.
- She has been the vice president of people operations at Google since 2016.
- Naughton has said that she is stepping down to be closer to her family.
The head of human resources at Google, Eileen Naughton has decided to step down from her position later this year. Naughton, who was appointed as the vice president of People Operations at Google in 2016, had to deal with intense tensions between employees and the management over the last few years.
Tensions between Google's top brass and employees started growing in 2018, after a report revealed that Android co-founder Andy Rubin was given a $90 million 'exit package', despite strong evidence of sexual misconduct. On November 1, 2018, nearly 20,000 Google employees staged a walkout in front of the company's offices around the world to protect against its handling of sexual misconduct.
More recently, dozens of Google employees claimed to have faced retaliation for reporting workplace issues to the human resources department. It was also surrounded in controversy over its decision to fire five employees involved in "internal activism."
In a statement sent to Fortune, Naughton said:
Naughton has told Fortune that she has decided to step down from her position to be closer to her family in New York City. She will, however, not be leaving the company altogether. Google says Naughton will take another role within the company, although no specifics have been revealed yet.
Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, said in a statement:
With so many "woke" employees, I can't imagine a place like Google not having a major sexual harassment problem.
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