#MeGoo: Google staff stage global walkout over sexism and racism

Roman Schwartz
November 4, 2018

Employees at Google's Boulder campus joined their colleagues at the company's campuses and offices across the world in walking out Thursday to protest the tech giant's mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives.

A Google spokesman said he couldn't provide details on how many employees took part in the protests in the company's main Asia offices, including Tokyo and Singapore, which each have more than 1,000 people.

The New York Times, which broke the Rubin story, also reported allegations of sexual misconduct against a number of other Google executives.

Mr Rubin, who denies the allegations, received a €90m severance package in 2014, even though Google thought the allegations were credible.

He derided the story in a tweet, insisting it contained "numerous inaccuracies" and "wild exaggerations about my compensation". "We are taking in all their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action", he added.

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That's according to a report released by the US -based Human Rights Watch on Thursday. The country's abysmal human rights status, however, has been largely ignored.

The organisers said that almost two thirds of Google's global offices are involved in the walkout, demanding change - after advocating for it for years. The company gave former senior vice president Amit Singhal an exit package worth millions when he was forced to leave.

Thursday's walkout was the latest in a series of employee-led protests at Google.

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

In India, 150 employees from Google's Hyderabad, Gurugram and Mumbai offices workout participated in the walkout. Currently, the company requires employees to waive their right to sue in cases of sexual harassment, and often includes confidentiality agreements, the Times reports. The report further said that Google had shielded many of its top executive accused of sexual misconduct in the past, the list included lab X director Richard DeVaul. Hundreds of women and men filed out of Google's office in New York City and silently walked around the block for about 10 minutes around 11:00 a.m. ET.

Pichai apologised for the company's "past actions" in an email sent to employees this week.

"I think that sexual harassment and sexual misconduct is kind of the tip of the iceberg of the things that women deal with in a work environment where they are a minority", said Amelia Brunner, a software engineer who's been with Google for three years.

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