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Google Campus Security Singled Out Black, Latinx Employees

  • Company encouraged staff to check colleagues’ ID badges
  • System scrapped after workers complained to CEO Sundar Pichai
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Google’s campus security system subjected Black and Latinx workers to bias and prompted complaints to management, according to people familiar with the situation, leading the company to scrap a key part of the approach.

The internet giant encouraged employees to check colleagues’ ID badges on campus, and asked security staff to do the same. This went beyond the typical corporate office system where workers swipe badges to enter. The policy was designed to prevent unauthorized visitors and keep Google’s open work areas safe.