Hundreds of Google employees across the globe are staging a walkout en masse today, in order to protest sexual harassment at workplaces. This comes a week after a searing report published by The New York Times said that Google had handed out Andy Rubin a severance package of $90 million, even after an internal investigation found allegations of sexual misconduct, leveled against the Android creator by another Google employee, credible beyond doubt.
As part of the ‘Google Walkout for Real Change’ event, more than 1,500 Google employees – mostly women – plan to walk out of the company’s offices around the globe to protest the treatment, the event’s organizers told The New York Times.
“We don’t want to feel that we’re unequal or we’re not respected anymore. Google’s famous for its culture. But in reality, we’re not even meeting the basics of respect, justice and fairness for every single person here,” Claire Stapleton, a product manager at Google’s YouTube division was quoted as saying by The New York Times’ report.
The walkout, which is planned today (November 1, 2018), has already taken place in Google’s offices in Asia, and will continue as the clock strikes 11:10 AM (the designated time for the walkout) in different locations based on their local time zones. Numerous photos of employees standing together in protest are being posted online, with the hashtag #GoogleWalkout trending on Twitter.
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Google employees have also put forth a list of demands to the company’s management. It includes an end to forced arbitration in sexual harassment cases, commitment to end pay/opportunity inequality, a clear process for reporting sexual misconduct, elevation of the chief diversity officer to answer directly to the CEO, and the appointment of an employee representative to the board.