Google employees plan worldwide walkout against sexual misconduct handling

Alicia Cross
November 4, 2018

Google's headquarters in Mountain View is just shy of 11 AM as of this posting, and employees there are sure to be joining the walkout in huge numbers.

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai sent a message to employees late Tuesday, a copy of which was posted online by technology news website Ars Technica.

"This is it. Time is up".

"We are disappointed and we are sad at the response from our leadership or lack thereof", she continued.

The organisers behind the protest said that almost 17,000 Google employees took part in the walkout, and they aren't done counting yet.

The dissatisfaction among Alphabet's 94,000 employees and tens of thousands more contractors has not noticeably affected company shares.

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.

"We don't want to feel we're unequal or not respected anymore", said Claire Stapleton, a product marketing manager at Google-owned YouTube.

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Google employees staged walkouts at offices around the globe today to protest the company's handling of sexual harassment claims.

The huge payouts have been raising questions over whether Google has been taking workplace sexual harassment seriously.

The organisers of the Google Walkout set up a Twitter account that lists five demands.

Mike Clancy, general secretary of tech workers" union Prospect, said: "Sexual harassment is a serious problem in too many work places, including in the tech sector.

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

It was planned after a New York Times investigation found a pattern of men abusing people on their teams - and still given multi-million dollar exit settlements. The company told its employees it had fired 48 people over sexual misconduct allegations over the last two years, and none of them were given packages. DeVaul is leaving without any exit package, according to a person familiar with the matter.

In a statement, Mr Pichai said those wishing to take part in the walkouts would "have the support they need".

Tomorrow's walkout will occur at Google campuses across the world. The protest was set to start at 11:10 AM local time for each Google office participating. Tech news site The Information previously reported that Google had investigated Rubin for an inappropriate relationship while at the company.

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