- A former employee of AI company DeepMind has encouraged others struggling at the company to consider quitting.
- The anonymous ex-DeepMinder previously accused the company of failing to address sexual harassment.
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In March, the anonymous ex-employee, whose identity is known to Insider, went public with allegations that she had been sexually harassed and assaulted by a senior colleague during 2019. She claimed that a lengthy complaint process with DeepMind and parent company Alphabet had exacerbated her suffering.
Alleged incidents include “multiple proposals, grotesque emails and texts, including explicit confessions of sexual assault against women and threats of self-harm,” the senior colleague wrote in a medium message at the time.
The allegations prompted DeepMind’s chief operating officer Lila Ibrahim to: email the company’s 1,200 employees, insisting that the case had been “complex”. The ex-employee has since rebuked the words of Ibrahim – seeing them as little more than ‘platitudes’.
utilities, in a new open letterthe ex-employee denounced the company’s apparent refusal to implement previously proposed reforms to its HR process, including a ban on NDAs for those filing sexual harassment complaints, and assurances that internal grievance procedures would never exceed two months. to last.
“Some of you have asked me if I think DeepMind is hopeless. I’ve answered no before, and they need good people to stay,” she wrote.
“However, now that I’ve seen the (lack of) response from the DM leadership and heard more stories from others in similar situations, I’m adjusting my advice. If you’re in a bad situation, leave. HR won’t help you and I haven’t lost any of my faith in leadership.”
She added: “If you’re happy, stay and fight for reform in the company. If you’re not, a move to HR certainly won’t change that unless their leadership changes drastically. Your talents will be valued elsewhere. ”
The ex-employee added a series of other recommendations for her former colleagues, including signing up for the anonymous workplace chat app Blindspeaking out publicly about frustrations and joining a union.
“If one day there are enough union members for DeepMind to recognize the union, it would mean greater collective bargaining power, which would provide better worker protection, knowledge of your rights and transparency.”
A company spokesperson told Insider: “We are committed to ensuring that DeepMind is a safe, respectful and inclusive place to work for all employees. We have implemented several new and improved workplace policies and practices to ensure that they are in accordance with these guiding principles.
“This includes a commitment to communicate more clearly with all DeepMinders about raising concerns, improved annual training for managers and all employees on how to mitigate unconscious bias, rolling out additional training for those investigating issues, and increased support for employees. those concerns during and during an investigation.”