Google Employees Stage Walkouts To Protest Company's Handling Of Harassment

Marcus Newton
November 4, 2018

Organizers of the walkouts said they expected more than 1,500 people -- mostly women -- to take part across almost two dozen Google offices around the world, according to a New York Times report Wednesday.

The mobilisation followed a report in The New York Times saying that Android creator Andy Rubin received $90 million in severance when Google fired him in 2014 over accusations of sexual misconduct that the company deemed credible.

Employees and contractors from more than 40 Google offices including London, Dublin and NY left their desks at an 11.10am local time for each location.

Rubin denied the allegations and said that reports about his exit package were "wild exaggerations".

In a recent statement, Google's chief executive said employees have raised "constructive ideas", adding, the company is taking the feedback into consideration to take action moving forward.

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

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Thousands of Google employees are set to take part, with protests having already taken place in offices in the Far East - including Singapore.

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

Google employee Coleen Elliot addresses the crowd Thursday during the Boulder Google Campus "Walkout For Real Change". Whilst this is largely down to Google's attempts to "keep it friendly", removing it would allow Googlers to sue, and that, say the protestors, is only fair. Tech news site The Information previously reported that Google had investigated Rubin for an inappropriate relationship while at the company.

"The demonstrators gathered at San Francisco's major tourist neighbourhood at the waterfront Embarcadero in the northern part of the city, holding placards that read "Don't Be Evil" and "#Times Up Google", and called more greater respect for women and women's right. He resigned on Tuesday without a severance package.

As many as 48 members of staff have been sacked from roles at Google, though it appears that a payout like Mr Rubin's is not standard with most just fading into the night. "But in reality we're not even meeting the basics of respect, justice and fairness for every single person here", company product manager Claire Stapleton reportedly told the publication.

Despite his assurances, employees' discontent over the matter continued to increase, which ultimately led to the employees staging a protest on Thursday.

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