Cambridge Google Employees Walkout, Demand Better Policies For Women

Cambridge Google Employees Walkout, Demand Better Policies For Women

Hundreds of Google employees are staging a walkout protesting the tech giant's response to cases of alleged sexual misconduct and the company's unfair treatment of women.

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.

The walkouts involve staff at offices in Dublin, Zurich, London, Berlin, Tokyo and Singapore.

But the Times uncovered new details, including a reported $90 million exit package that Rubin is said to have been granted when he departed the company. In a statement, Rubin denied the allegations, claiming the NYT story contained "numerous inaccuracies" and he states he "never coerced a woman to have sex in a hotel room". "We are taking in all their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action", he added.

"I know some [female Google employees] have experienced" some type of sexism at the company, he said.

Employees and contractors say the allegations against Mr Rubin have exposed a culture of silence at the company.

GOOGLE EMPLOYEES around the world have taken part in a mass walkout in a protest against what they believe are "sexist" policies.

Googlers all over the world walked out en masse on Thursday in protest of the company's record on sexual misconduct.

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Google said they have fired 48 employees over the past two years due to sexual harassment allegations.

Google's management has been struggling to deal with the backlash from The New York Times investigation.

In an unsigned statement from organizers, the Google protesters called for an end to forced arbitration in harassment and discrimination cases, a practice that requires employees to give up their right to sue and often includes confidentiality agreements.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai apologised for the company's "past actions" in an email sent to employees on Tuesday.

"I think that people will doubt my work a lot more than they will doubt a male colleague's", she said.

Andy Rubin, who created the Android mobile operating system, and Richard DeVaul, a director at the Google X research firm working on far-flung projects such as self-driving cars, were among those named in the New York Times article.

Many Google employees were reluctant to speak to the press because they were advised not to. None had received severance packages.

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