Google Canada Employees Stage Walkout Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Google parent Alphabet says another executive accused of sexual harassment has left the companyMore

Google parent Alphabet says another executive accused of sexual harassment has left the companyMore

Employees of Google and its parent company Alphabet staged a mass protest across the globe on Thursday, after a New York Times article revealed the company had offered generous severance packages for executives credibly accused of sexual assault.

The Google protest, billed "Walkout For Real Change", is unfolding a week after a New York Times story detailed allegations of sexual misconduct about creator of its Android software, Andy Rubin.

They also want Google to publicly disclose a sexual harassment transparency report that describes the quantity and type of incidents, who has left as a result of these claims, and who has received exit packages despite misconduct allegations.

The Google Walkout account said there were also walkouts in London, Singapore, Tokyo, Zurich, Berlin and Haifa in Jerusalem.

Sam Singer, a lawyer for Rubin, disputed the allegations in the Times report.

In a conference in New York, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that there are positive aspects of letting the company's employees protest but that he was still in charge and won't be constantly swayed by staff uprisings. We are taking in all their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action'. Furthermore the protesters demand that an employee representative gets a seat on the company's board of directors.

The "Google Walkout For Real Change" campaign, which is using the hashtag @googlewalkout on Twitter, has shared photos online of mass walkouts at worldwide offices.

Organiser Kate, who did not want to give her surname, told the crowd that she coordinated the Dublin walkout "in solidarity with anybody who has experienced any form of sexual harassment or misconduct in our workplace".

Top executives stressed to employees that the company is "dead serious about making sure we provide a safe and inclusive workplace" in an email sent shortly after the Times investigation was published last week.

"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.

Google said they have fired 48 employees over the past two years due to sexual harassment allegations. Rubin is just one of the executives Google reportedly protected.

He resigned on Tuesday without severance. "We sincerely did that to the company", he said.

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