Google staff in walkout over treatment of women


Google employees around the world are to walk out of their offices on Thursday in protest at claims of sexual harassment, gender inequality and systemic racism at the tech giant, which "go all the way to the top".

The original trigger for this protest was a report in the New York Times in which it was revealed that Google had deliberately covered up sexual misconduct by three senior executives.

Hundreds of workers filed out of its office in Dublin, while organisers shared photographs of hundreds more leaving offices in London, Zurich, Berlin, Tokyo and Singapore. Rubin denied the allegations in the article, which Google did not dispute.

"Employees have raised constructive ideas for how we can improve our policies and our processes going forward", he said.

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

Nwachukwu said more women in general need to be recruited into tech. "None of these people received an exit package".

"In two instances, it ousted senior executives, but softened the blow by paying them millions of dollars as they departed, even though it had no legal obligation to do so", the New York Times wrote. The workers also want the ability to bring any workplace sexual harassment charges in court as opposed through company arbitration.

Hundreds of Google employees in NY are walking off the job and gathering at a nearby park.

Twitter account Google Walkout For Real Change is documenting the various protests around the world and offering words of support.

Rubin left the company in 2014 and Richard DeVaul, the executive from Alphabet's research Lab X that was also accused of inappropriate behavior, resigned this week.

The demonstrations started at 11:10 AM local time for each office. They want the Chief Diversity Officer to report directly to the CEO and make recommendations directly to the Board of Directors.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai joined its vice president of people operations, Eileen Naughton, in reassuring staff that the company was "dead serious" about ensuring it provided a "safe and inclusive workplace", Bloomberg reported.

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.