- The Alphabet Workers Union has launched a new campaign organizing Google at #DropTheDeadnames.
- His petition asks Google to stop asking workers to use names that no longer identify with the company’s identity badges.
- Many companies, from Silicon Valley to Wall Street, are working to create more gender-inclusive work environments.
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The Alphabet Workers Union launched a Tuesday #DropTheDeadnames petition calling on Google and GS4, a Google security contract, to “stop employing workers to use dead names on company badges and internal communications.”
Deadname refers to the name that a transgender or non-binary person was given at birth and with which they could no longer identify or use in day-to-day life.
U poorly formed union calls on the company to create a “chosen name policy” that will allow all full-time workers, contractors and employees to choose the name to appear on company badges instead of legal names.
They also ask Google to allow temporary employees, salespeople and contractors to meet with employee resource groups. Google currently only allows full-time employees access to these resources.
Tuesday’s petition comes after the union learned that Phares Lee, a contractor and G4S employee, was denied “several times over the years” when he tried to drop his dead name either from his badge. both from the company’s internal communication system. The union said he had been wrong several times, and his requests to put a nickname on his badge were denied.
“I have faced work issues that feel discriminated against because of my gender identity, but it’s not just about me as an individual,” Lee said in a press release. “Google and G4S need to make changes so no one else has to go through what I’ve had.”
A Google spokesperson told Insider that the company has “always had processes in place so that employees and members of our expanded workforce can update our systems with their preferred first name, last name and identity. , and can even change their preferred name for their badges. ”
Gs4 workers are welcome at ERG events, the spokesman said, as long as they are allowed by their employer.
Following the company’s assertion that all employees have the option to use preferred names on badges and other features, a spokesman for the Alphabet Workers Union said this “is a case of Google who does not hold their contract responsible for their actions, ”to ensure equal treatment.
A Study 2017 published in the American Journal of Public Health estimates that 0.39% of adults in the United States identify as transgender. At Alphabet – which has more than 135,000 employees worldwide, excluding contractors, by 2020 – that rate could involve hundreds of workers who identify as transgender in their ranks.
In recent years, some institutions have already taken steps to create a more gender-inclusive environment. According to NPR, the University of Vermont has added gender pronouns appropriate to class lists. Jeane Robles, a university student, told NPR: “Just having the opportunity to make me feel like I can exist here.”
But upgrading old systems to use modern language is not always easy. For a Goldman Sachs employee who left as a trans in 2019, the New York Times reported, his team was welcoming and welcoming. However, there was a slight glitch when she was briefly misidentified by the company’s security apparatus, which at first stamped her ID with the wrong name.
“It is appalling that the Alphabet and its contractors are still adopting regressive policies regarding dead names in the workplace,” Raksha Muthukumar, a member of the Alphabet Workers Union, he said in a press release. “No one should face this kind of emotional violence every day at work, especially considering what an Alphabet public show does to be LGBT friendly.”