Google employees to walk out to protest treatment of women

Ann Santiago
November 4, 2018

GOOGLE EMPLOYEES around the world have taken part in a mass walkout in a protest against what they believe are "sexist" policies.

Thousands of Google employees are set to take part, with protests having already taken place in offices in the Far East - including Singapore.

The New York Times, which broke the Rubin story, also reported allegations of sexual misconduct against a number of other Google executives.

I stand w/hundreds of #Google engineers planning the women's walkout in protest of the $90M exit package gifted to Andy Rubin after Google found allegations of his sexual misconduct to be credible.

"None of the allegations made about Mr. Rubin are true", he told CNN Business in a statement, calling them "demonstrably false".

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said in a statement that "employees have raised constructive ideas" and that the company was "taking in all their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action".

The protesters have a list of five demands, which you can see below.

Google employs more than 50,000 full-time staff, but has maintained a more transparent culture than other corporate behemoths. "None of these people received an exit package". Google employees around the world are participating and it's happening now.

Google's management has been struggling to deal with the backlash from The New York Times investigation.

Google said last week that it had fired 48 employees in the past two years - including 13 senior executives - as a result of such allegations, citing "an increasingly hard line" on inappropriate conduct.

Thursday's walkout calls for several changes - an end to forced arbitration in cases of harassment and discrimination, pay and opportunity equality, and a clear process for reporting sexual misconduct.

The "Google Walkout For Real Change" campaign, which is using the hashtag @googlewalkout on Twitter, has shared photos online of mass walkouts at worldwide offices.

The event occurred one day after Rich DeVaul, an executive with Google parent company Alphabet, resigned amid sexual harassment accusations.

The protestors demanded that the company report sexual harassment statistics publicly and that it ends private arbitration of such cases.

Hundreds of Google employees in NY are walking off the job and gathering at a nearby park.

Rubin has said he did not engage in misconduct and left Google of his own accord.

The Google walkout in NYC. According to The Times, workers at Google's Tokyo offices will kick the protest off. They want the Chief Diversity Officer to report directly to the CEO and make recommendations directly to the Board of Directors.

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