A whistleblower who accused DeepMind of failing to handle her sexual harassment complaints called on any struggling colleagues to quit: ‘Your talents will be valued elsewhere.’

The ex-employee also encouraged former colleagues to join a union.

A former employee at AI firm DeepMind has encouraged others struggling at the company to consider quitting. 
The anonymous ex-DeepMinder previously accused the firm of failing to tackle sexual harassment. 
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A former employee at Google-owned AI firm DeepMind has called on colleagues “in a bad situation” to quit the company, citing her own experience of sexual harassment.

In March, the anonymous ex-employee, whose identity is known to Insider, went public with allegations she had been sexually harassed and assaulted by a senior colleague throughout 2019. She claimed a drawn-out complaints process at DeepMind and parent company Alphabet had exacerbated her suffering.

Alleged incidents included “multiple propositions, grotesque emails and texts including explicit confessions of acts of sexual violence against women, and threats of self-harm,” from the senior colleague, she wrote in a Medium post at the time. 

The allegations prompted DeepMind’s chief operating officer Lila Ibrahim to email the firm’s 1,200 staff, insisting the case had been “complex.” The ex-employee has since rebuked Ibrahim’s words – seeing them as little more than “platitudes.” 

Now, in a fresh open letter, the ex-employee blasted the company’s apparent refusal to implement previously proposed reforms to its HR process, including a ban on NDAs for those raising sexual harassment complaints, and assurances that internal grievance processes would never last more than two months. 

“Some of you have asked me whether I think DeepMind is hopeless. I previously replied I did not, and they need good people to stay,” she wrote. 

“However, having now seen DM leadership’s (lack of) response, and heard more stories from others in similar situations, I amend my advice. If you are in a bad situation, …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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