Google employees stage global walkout for women's rights

Google employees stage global walkout for women's rights

Google employees left their offices in Toronto and Montreal as part of an worldwide walkout protesting the company's treatment of women and alleged handling of sexual misconduct allegations.

Protesting Google employees want to end Forced Arbitration clauses, increase the transparency around the misconduct policy and safety for women wanting to make a report of sexual harassment.

London workers at Google's offices in Holborn, Kings Cross and Shoreditch were among those who joined the strike which also saw walkouts in Dublin, Singapore and of course Mountain View, as well as many other Google sites in the USA and beyond. One notable figure at the centre of sexual misconduct allegations was Andy Rubin creator of Android, who reportedly received a $90 million exit package.

"The New York Times story contains numerous inaccuracies about my employment at Google and wild exaggerations about my compensation", Rubin wrote, in part.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said "employees have raised constructive ideas" which the company will turn "into action".

Another employee said: "It's not necessarily the senior executives that are a problem but the structures that are in place - this is a call for change".

We, Google employees and contractors, will walkout on November 1 at 11:10am to demand these five real changes.

Hundreds of other Google workers and contractors, a lot of them women, are also expected Thursday to walk out of almost two dozen company offices around the world.

The global Google walkout was sparked by a New York Times article about a former executive.

The email did not mention the reported incidents involving Mr Rubin, Mr DeVaul or anyone else, but Mr Pichai did not dispute anything in the NYT story.

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, now employs 94,372 people as of its most recent quarter.

Walkout organisers want Google to commit to ending pay inequity and to create a publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report and a clearer process for reporting complaints. Another executive was allowed to continue working for Google up until this past Tuesday when they resigned.

The walkout organizers also called for gender equality in a company where women account for just 30 percent of the workforce, and only 25 percent of Google's leadership.

"I think that people will doubt my work a lot more than they will doubt a male colleague's", she said. "We are here to say enough is enough", said a Google employee at the Toronto walkout.

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