Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Money | By Bruce West

Google Walkout leaders call for transparency on sexual misconduct

Google Walkout leaders call for transparency on sexual misconduct

Google employees from offices in Berlin, Dublin, Haifa, London, Singapore, Zurich, and other cities staged walkouts at 11am, starting with the Tokyo office. Perhaps the most egregious case involved Andy Rubin, creator of the Android mobile software, who was given a $90 million exit package after the company verified a sexual assault claim against him.

According to the NYT report, two unnamed Google executives said then-Chief Executive Page asked Rubin to resign after the company confirmed a complaint by a female employee about a sexual encounter in a hotel room in 2013.

In a conference in New York, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that there are positive aspects of letting the company's employees protest but that he was still in charge and won't be constantly swayed by staff uprisings. "We are taking in all their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action", he added.

"I'm pissed off", said Google employee Mal Gilbert.

Google was not required to pay the money to Rubin, who's denied the accusations, and has declined to comment on the matter.

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

Organizers of the walkouts said they expected more than 1,500 people -- mostly women -- to take part across almost two dozen Google offices around the world, according to a New York Times report Wednesday.

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

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

Other demands included a uniform process for reporting sexual misconduct anonymously across the company and increased powers for Google's chief diversity officer. Google did not dispute the report.

Soon after the article was published, another executive, Richard DeVaul, resigned amid allegations of making unwanted advances toward a woman he was looking to employ.

But Thursday's workout could signal that a significant number of the 94,000 employees working for Google and its corporate parent Alphabet Inc. remained unconvinced the company is doing enough to adhere to Alphabet's own edict urging all employees to "do the right thing". Employees posted photos and video of the walkout on social media, but it's unclear how much of Google's workforce participated.

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