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Google employees around the world are walking out today to protest the company's handling of sexual
Date: Nov 02 2018 Submitted By:   Unknown

<> Hundreds of Google employees will walk out of more than 20 offices around the world to protest the company's handling of sexual misconduct in the wake of a bombshell New York Times report.
<> The protest is meant to send a message that the company needs more transparency around its handling of sexual harassment as well as more employee empowerment overall.
<> This is the latest in a string of employee activism events at Google.

Thousands of Google employees in more than 20 offices around the world are staging walk-outs to protest what organizers describe as "a workplace culture that's not working for everyone."

The demonstrations — set for 11:10 a.m. Thursday at each local time — come in in the wake of an explosive New York Times' report that detailed how Google shielded executives accused of sexual misconduct, either by keeping them on staff or allowing them amicable departures. For example, Google reportedly paid Android leader Andy Rubin a $90 million exit package despite asking for his resignation after finding sexual misconduct claims against him credible. (Through a spokesperson, Rubin denied any misconduct and on Twitter he called his reported compensation a "wild exaggeration.")

Organizers of the walk-out demand more transparency from Google around its handling of sexual harassment and pay and opportunity inequality, as well as more employee empowerment overall, according a statement circulated by organizers and sent to company executives. For example, organizers want an employee representative to join the company's board and for Google to end "forced arbitration" in cases of harassment and discrimination, a practice that prevents employees from taking cases to court.

"While Google has championed the language of diversity and inclusion, substantive actions to address systemic racism, increase equity, and stop sexual harassment have been few and far between," the employee statement reads. "ENOUGH. Reassuring PR won't cut it: we need transparency, accountability, and structural change."

Demonstrators were seen pictured in Singapore, Tokyo, London, Berlin and Zurich in a number of Twitter posts shared by the organizers, accompanied with the hashtag #GoogleWalkout.

At Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., employees shared their own experiences of sexual harassment and abuse at the company on stage. One woman tearfully shared a story about having a drink tampered with by a co-worker, and then having to continue to work with the person allegedly responsible.

Another on-stage participant said that she felt disenfranchised in her work on an Android app meant to get kids interested in tech and science, because of the toxic culture in the industry.

"I feel like I'm leading young girls and boys to the slaughter," she said. "Why would you want to go into tech if it's like this?"

Organizers led chants like "Time's up!" and "This is what Googleyness looks like."

"I'm here because every one of our voices matter and if we are not standing together the necessary changes won't happen," Nellie Rajabi, a music supervisor at Google, told CNBC in Mountain View.

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