Google workers stage a walkout protest over company's handling sexual misconduct cases

Gladys Abbott
November 4, 2018

Employees at Google's Boulder campus joined their colleagues at the company's campuses and offices across the world in walking out Thursday to protest the tech giant's mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives.

Male and female Google employees are reportedly protesting the lax nature of sexual misconduct cases within the company, and are calling for a more rigours treatment of claims. Demonstrators have been spotted in Singapore, Tokyo, Longdon, Berlin, and Zurich, and you can find more pictures of protestors under the #GoogleWalkout hashtag on Twitter.

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.

"Employees have raised constructive ideas for how we can improve our policies and our processes going forward", Pichai said in the statement.

But employees were not placated, and issued a list of demands during the Thursday walkout. "But in reality we're not even meeting the basics of respect, justice, and fairness for every single person here", said Claire Stephenson, a Google product manager to the Times.

Part of the employees' concerns are the allegations that Google gave two fired senior executives "exit packages" upon their dismissal.

Meanwhile, Pichai was also asked about the perception that Google employees drive big decisions at the company, like involvement with military contracts.

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The walkout comes following a bombshell reports of sexual assault and harassment at the company at the hands of some of its top executives.

The demonstrations started at 11:10 AM local time for each office.

The group has called for a publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report and for Google to create a "clear, uniform, globally inclusive process for reporting sexual misconduct safely and anonymously".

Soon after the article was published, another executive, Richard DeVaul, resigned amid allegations of making unwanted advances toward a woman he was looking to employ.

The walkout in Chicago's Fulton Market district aligned with similar protests at Google offices around the world.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has apologized for the company's "past actions", according to an email sent to employees on Tuesday.

The Google walkout in NYC.

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