Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to expand its abortion healthcare benefits for contract workers and to strengthen privacy protections for Google (users looking for abortion information online.
Google’s parent company Alphabet had pledged to pay travel and other health care costs for employees seeking an out-of-state abortion and to help some workers relocate after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to abortion The June ruling overturning Roe v. Wade paved the way for severe restrictions or bans on abortion in nearly half of the US states.
Benefits for abortion services offered by Google and other tech companies do not cover contract workers, which are common in the tech industry and are often paid less and have fewer benefits than contract employees. full-time.
A letter signed by more than 650 employees and sent this week to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and other Alphabet executives calls for contractors to be included in those benefits.
It also demands that the company cease all political donations or lobbying of politicians or organizations “responsible for appointing Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade and continue to violate other human rights issues related to access to voting and gun control.
Employees seek additional protection for Google users, such as blocking ads that deceptively direct users to anti-abortion crisis centers.
The petition was organized by members of the Alphabet Workers Union, a union that has been trying to gain traction within the company.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the petition on Thursday. The company said in July it would begin automatically purging information about users who visit abortion clinics or other places that could trigger legal issues. Users have always had the option to edit their location history themselves, but Google said it would proactively do this for them as an additional level of protection.
The employee petition says the company should also implement immediate data privacy controls for all health-related activity, including abortion information, so that it is never logged, handed over to law enforcement or treated as a crime.
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