Google employees are staging global walkouts over the firm's treatment of women

Friday, 02 Nov, 2018

Staff are demanding changes in how the company handles sexual misconduct allegations, including a call to end forced arbitration, which prevents accusers from suing.

"We are grappling with it, as are many places", he said of the #metoo era and more and more women from all walks of life and industry coming forward with claims of sexual harassment, workplace discrimination and sexual assault. Furthermore the protesters demand that an employee representative gets a seat on the company's board of directors.

"Yesterday, we let Googlers know that we are aware of the activities planned for Thursday and that employees will have the support they need if they wish to participate", Pichai said in a statement emailed to Gizmodo on Wednesay evening.

Employees staged walkouts at offices from Tokyo and Singapore to London and NY, with more expected to do so in California later in the day, reflecting a growing #MeToo-style backlash among women against frat-house misbehavior in heavily male-dominated Silicon Valley. The employees were from Hyderabad, Gurgaon and Mumbai offices.

The Google walkout has already begun.

Walk outs happened in Dublin, London, Zurich, New York City, Tokyo and other locations. A Twitter account published a picture of what seems to be employees in Singapore this morning gathering together after walking out of the office.

He wrote: "The stories shared at Google London Walkout are heartbreaking". The only difference is that so many more employees chose to walk out than initially expected.

"We are dead serious about making sure we provide a safe and inclusive workplace", Pichai said in the email sent last week.

The tech giant told the NYT that it had fired 48 people for sexual harassment since 2016, and none of them had been given an exit package.

The New York walkout lasted roughly 45 minutes.

The CEO's response: Sundar Pichai has said he supports the employees' right to take action.

A week later, Google employees are staging a walk out to protest the alleged repeated incidents of sexual harassment at the company.

Mr Rubin, known as the "creator" of the Android mobile operating system, denied the allegation in the story, which he also said contained "wild exaggerations" about his compensation. A Google investigation found her claim to be credible and then-CEO Larry Page asked Rubin to resign, according to the Times. Former senior vice president of search Amit Singhal reportedly left the company under similar circumstances. DeVaul had remained at the "X" lab after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced about him a few years ago, but he resigned Tuesday without severance, Google confirmed Wednesday.

"It's easy for them to say, 'Oh yeah, we totally support your action, we are listening to you, ' but, of course, they actually have to implement meaningful policies to actually make these people happy", Fingas said. Axios previously reported DeVaul's departure.

Demands posted in the tweet included improved processes for reporting sexual misconduct and resolving cases of harassment, as well as a commitment by Google to pay and opportunity equity.