Economy

Google employees stage global walkout for women's rights

Google employees stage global walkout for women's rights”

According to a report in The New York Times, more than 1,500 - a lot of them women - plan to walk out of nearly two dozen company offices around the world to protest Google's handling of sexual harassment and its workplace culture.

The walkout at Google's Fremont offices were part of a companywide protest at offices from Tokyo and Singapore to London and NY, reflecting a growing #MeToo-style backlash among women against frat-house misbehavior in heavily male-dominated Silicon Valley.

The demonstrations, dubbed "Google Walkout", follow an outcry over a New York Times investigation that detailed years of sexual harassment allegations, multimillion-dollar severance packages for accused executives, and a lack of transparency over the cases.

Hundreds of other Google workers and contractors, majority women, are also expected Thursday to walk out of almost two dozen company offices around the world.

"These incidents are from a few years ago and we've evolved as a company", Pichai said Thursday at The New York Times' DealBook conference.

He said: "Employees have raised constructive ideas for how we can improve our policies and our processes going forward".

As CNN reports, the walkout has been rolling across the world as employees depart their desks at 11:10 a.m. local time in an effort to show the company that they are unhappy with its internal culture.

A Twitter account has been created to promote the Google employee walkout.

Mr Rubin, who denies the allegations, received a €90m severance package in 2014, even though Google thought the allegations were credible.

Over a thousand people appear to have joined the Google workers' walkout in NY.

Protest organizers are calling for an end to forced arbitration in cases of harassment and discrimination.

Many demonstrators cited fears about their job security in refusing to talk, but one woman who did speak, designer Leeung Li Jo, said in NY that she wanted to show support for the #MeToo movement "so we can have a comfortable working environment".

"For me, it feels like everything's hit a boiling point", a Google employee told Vanity Fair. Though Pichai did not address the allegations against Rubin, he said it was "difficult to read".

This wasn't enough for Google employees, who took to social media to express their fury and arranged the protest. An employee taking part told her: "I'm proud that we're now supporting everyone, and hopefully now gives them a voice which most seem to feel they have not had before".

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai sent a message to employees late Tuesday, a copy of which was posted online by technology news website Ars Technica. One of the executives, Android founder Andy Rubin, was paid a whopping $90 million.

Google employees walk off the job to protest the company's handling of sexual misconduct claims, on Thursday in Mountain View, California. Tech news site The Information previously reported that Google had investigated Rubin for an inappropriate relationship while at the company.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


01 November 2018
Body of Khashoggi dismembered after being killed: Istanbul prosecutor
The kingdom has since admitted he was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul , blaming a "rogue operation". The statement follows weeks of media reports about the murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

01 November 2018
Russia's only aircraft carrier damaged as floating dock sinks
This publication reports the BBC, citing the head of the press service of the center for ship fix "Zvezdochka" Eugene Gladyshev. The PD-50 was one of the largest floating docks in the world, designed for the fix of large ships and submarines.

01 November 2018
Ohio State 10th in first CFP Poll, what does that mean?
It seemed to send a signal the committee would be different from traditional polls that tended to honor win-loss record above all. But there are some deserving teams like Utah State (and another team we'll get to) that should have been in the top 25.

01 November 2018
Former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook reignites war with hated rival Patrick Beverley
Tuesday's altercation began when the two players went after a loose ball and Beverley undercut Westbrook in the backcourt. Beverley and Westbrook have a history of bad blood.

01 November 2018
Trump to visit Pittsburgh after synagogue shooting
Bowers had a history of of posting conspiracy theories about Jews and threatening Jewish communities online. Jared Younger said that when his sister contacted him, he had a feeling it was about his father.

01 November 2018
Mourinho escapes FA sanction for using abusive language
Newcastle went 2-0 up inside 10 minutes, but United recovered to win, with Alexis Sanchez's 90th-minute goal sealing victory. So I'm not going to kill you because of one. "And he realised the mistake, everybody I think can make a mistake".

01 November 2018
LeBron: Lakers Won’t Win ‘Many Games’ With Performances Similar To Timberwolves Loss
In his return to action, Ingram scored 24 points, while grabbing five rebounds, dishing out two assists, and swatting three shots. Towns gave the Timberwolves their biggest lead of the game at 119-109 when he sank a 3-pointer with 4:56 left to cap a 14-2 run.

01 November 2018
China lifts ban on rhino and tiger 'remedies'
China didn't throw the door open for all trade in these products, and in fact banned all other sales of rhino and tiger parts . In Africa, which has seen its rhino populations decimated by poaching, there was a mixed response to China's announcement.

01 November 2018
Turkish president threatens to target US-backed Kurdish fighters
The SDF said Wednesday that it had the right to defend itself, and "as a result, a Turkish military vehicle was destroyed". Adopted in June , the agreement was created to defuse tensions between Turkish-backed rebels and YPG fighters in the area.

01 November 2018
Gaza Strip: Palestinian Man killed by Israel forces
Israel has accused Iranian forces based in Syria of orchestrating the heaviest barrage of rockets to emanate from Gaza in months. The U.N. body pointed out that some injuries had been severe and potentially life altering, including amputations.