Cambridge Google Employees Walkout, Demand Better Policies For Women


Google employees worldwide walked out of work on Thursday, protesting the tech giant's handling of sexual harassment and what they say is a failure to police gender- and race-based discrimination.

Google employees at offices around the world are staging a walkout over the treatment of women at the company after sexual misconduct claims were made against several senior figures.

On October 25, New York Times alleged that in 2014, Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, was given a "hero's farewell" despite being accused of sexual harassment.

Google reportedly found the allegation credible, asked for his resignation and gave him an exit package worth $90 million. Rubin has said the Times story "contains numerous inaccuracies" and that the allegations are false. "We are taking in all their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action", he added.

The Dublin-based employee also shared an article with Euronews, pointing us to an article in THE CUT, written by the organisers of the walkouts, for more background context.

Google employs more than 50,000 full-time staff, but has maintained a more transparent culture than other corporate behemoths.

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai issued an apology on Tuesday, e-mailing employees that he was "deeply sorry for the past actions and the pain they have caused employees".

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Among other things, Mr Pichai and Ms Naughton disclosed that Google had fired 48 employees, including 13 senior managers, for sexual harassment in recent years without providing severance packages.

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

The protesting employees have started a Twitter account that's been circulating their demands. According to The Times, workers at Google's Tokyo offices will kick the protest off.

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

Google was not required to pay the money to Rubin, who's denied the accusations, and has declined to comment on the matter.

That same day, Pichai and Eileen Naughton, the company's vice president of people operations, sent an email to employees saying that the company was "dead serious" about making sure the company provides "a safe and inclusive workplace".

Now, Google workers from the company's Mountain View HQ have begun walking out of the building in what appears to be the largest walkouts seen so far.