Google’s union, the Alphabet Workers Union, launched a petition on Tuesday titled “#DropTheDeadnames,” demanding that employees be permitted to use their chosen names on company ID badges. This campaign began after Phares Lee, a biological woman who is transgender, asked to have their “deadname” removed from their badge while employed by a subcontracting security firm to work at a Google data center in South Carolina. Their request was denied.
Addressed to Google’s Chief Diversity Officer, On-site Google Security Manager and Site Operations Manager, the petition began, “We believe Google and G4S must build a better workplace. That means creating a workforce that is more representative of our users, and a workplace that creates a sense of belonging for everyone.”
“We believe Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are vital for providing community, personal, and professional development opportunities for Googlers from underrepresented communities,” the petition continued. “Therefore, we believe that Google and G4S must make the following immediate corrective actions:”
The campaign then listed five