DeepMind, the artificial intelligence group owned by woke giant Google, has been accused of mishandling multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment.
the FinancialTimes reports that a former employee of DeepMind has accused the Google-owned artificial intelligence firm of mishandling multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment. A female staff member, called Julia to protect her identity, claimed that in December 2019 a senior researcher at research firm London AI sexually assaulted her twice.
Julia alleges that the same lead researcher threatened to kill himself and alluded to past rape cases. DeepMind employs over 1,000 people and is considered one of the most respected AI research companies in the world. The company said “Julia’s allegations have been thoroughly investigated and the individual investigated for misconduct has been terminated without any severance pay.”
In a letter to her former colleagues, Julia argued that there were major flaws in the way grievances, including hers, are handled by DeepMind. Julia and two former DeepMind employees say the company prioritizes protecting its reputation and top talent over the safety of potential victims.
DeepMind alleges that it takes all allegations very seriously and “expects everyone, regardless of role or seniority, to conduct themselves in a manner that lives up to our values.” DeepMind alleges that following Julia’s complaints, it made several changes to its workplace policies.
Julia emailed a six-page confessional document by the researcher who assaulted her, written in the third person on August 18, 2019, in which the researcher detailed suicidal tendencies, reference to the rape of unconscious women, and the sex addiction.
In an email to the company’s senior management in August 2019, Julia said: ‘According to your own findings, I have been the victim of sexual harassment, assault and abuse. . . I will never be the same person again. I’ve spent most of the last year fearing for my safety. There absolutely is. . . no reason for the investigation to have been so dysfunctional.
The case was finally resolved seven months after the complaint was filed in July 2020. The researcher was not fired from the company until September 2020.
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