Google employees worldwide walk out of offices against sexual harassment cases


More than 1,000 Google employees here on Thursday joined global walkout in the city's downtown area to protest workplace sexual harassment at the world's top internet company.

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. "Photos with the hashtag "#GoogleWalkout" flooded Twitter as employees took to the streets in Zurich (Switzerland), Dublin (Ireland), Singapore, London (England), and Hyderabad (India).

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. Rubin has denied parts of the Times story.

CEO Sundar Pichai said the company was aware of the planned protests and said employees would "have the support they need if they wish to participate". "We are taking in all their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action", she said.

On Thursday, employees posted on social media about the walkout and were set to deliver speeches in public plazas.

"It's time we stop congratulating ourselves just because it used to be so much worse", Google Engineering Manager Raymond Blum told CNBC.

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

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"I'm protesting against harassment, bullying, and a culture in which we are supporting our executives when junior employees make a claim against the company", Nadia said.

Google's management has been struggling to deal with the backlash from The New York Times investigation.

Google Walkout For Real Change, the moniker used by disgruntled workers, tweeted the five things where staff want to see change.

Rubin has said he did not engage in misconduct and left Google of his own accord.

They also want Google to commit to ending pay inequity and to create a publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report and a clearer process for reporting complaints.

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. They also demanded demanded that the chief diversity officer be able to advice the company's board of directors directly.