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.

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