Read this report on a Google artist who claims to have been fired for cult activity

Google is known for its cohesive – and sometimes secretive – corporate culture, but one would not suspect a true cult that rules things behind the scenes. Well, one Google artist claims that this is exactly as described in detail in this unusual report by New York Times.

Kevin Lloyd, a contractor hired as a video producer for Google Developer Studio (GDS), claims that at least 12 members of an obscure religious sect work for GDS and have an inappropriate level of influence on the work environment. Lloyd claims he was wrongfully fired for causing the group’s behavior and suing Google and its ASG contracting authority for wrongful termination, revenge, emotional stress and failure to protect it from discrimination.

The religious group in question is known as the Society of Friends. According to times, the scholarship “believes that higher consciousness can be achieved by embracing the fine arts and culture” and has a 1,200-acre complex at Oregon House, California. The group even became the subject of Spotify Investigative Podcast which promises to reveal its “dark secrets”.

Longtime Fellowship member Peter Lubbers leads GDS and has recruited a number of other Fellowship members, including video producer Gabe Panel, times notes.

But things get even weirder than that – on times“The report shows that Fellowship members take part in Google’s corporate events, run registration offices, take photos, play music, provide massages and serve wine.” It is also alleged that Google buys the wine served at these events from a winery run by a fellow member. Lloyd’s lawsuit also alleges that Google paid for “a state-of-the-art sound system installed at the Oregon House by a Fellowship member who worked for the team as a sound designer.”

IN times says he confirmed some of these allegations after talking to eight current and former Google employees, as well as reviewing publicly available documents, including a list of scholarship members, event photos and spreadsheets documenting event budgets. .

Another artist, Eric Johansson, told times that Google’s partnership with ASG has allowed the GDS team to attract more scholarship members, as contractors are hired “with much less control and a much less rigorous accession process.” The Alphabet Workers’ Union (AWU) also called for potential abuse by managers of Google’s negotiation system in a thread on Twitter.

Lloyd’s complaints about the religious group’s presence were reportedly met with indifference – he said he was fired for no reason shortly after the complaint. Google responded by refuting Lloyd’s allegations of discrimination against the company and saying it had been fired due to performance problems.

If you want to read the whole story in more detail, it’s worth checking out the report from New York Times. Lloyd also expressed his experience in his own words, which you can find in his publication of Medium.

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