Google denies claims that it didn’t alert contractors about the active shooter at YouTube — but at least one temp says it’s a ‘big fat lie’Business Insider #Full_TimeDecember 7, 2018
Google is denying claims that it failed to alert temporary and contract workers about an active shooter that attacked YouTube’s San Bruno, California headquarters in April, disputing allegations that the company rushed to protect its full-time employees but left its lower-paid contractors in danger.
A Google spokesperson told Business Insider that contract workers were sent security updates about the situation with or in parallel to full-time employees.
The conflicting accounts of the traumatic afternoon reveal the sharp fault line within Silicon Valley’s workforce, where high-paid techies enjoy the perks of a barista in the office and unlimited vacation policies, while the blue collar workers who drive the shuttles and prepare the food complain of being treated like second-class citizens.
One current TVC that Business Insider spoke to said she was working at Google’s Sunnyvale campus at the time of the shooting and first found out about it on social media about two hours after the incident occurred.
The contract worker quickly emailed her boss (a full-time employee at Google), who confirmed the shooting had indeed happened.
“That is a big fat lie!”
However, a Google spokesperson told us that in-lieu of the shooting, TVCs were invited to that week’s town hall meeting, which is typically reserved for full-time employees only.
“I never received any communication about that [meeting],” the current TVC told us.
The inequity of access to information is just one of the demands the TVCs demanded on Wednesday.
As one former TVC told Business Insider, though, it typically that means temporary workers can’t access certain Google Groups or book meeting rooms.