January 23, 2019

Google workers stage global walkouts over sex misconduct

04 November 2018, 02:55 | Joann Bryant

ERIC RISBERG APGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai apologised for the company's"past actions

Google CEO Sundar Pichai apologised for the company's

Male and female Google employees are reportedly protesting the lax nature of sexual misconduct cases within the company, and are calling for a more rigours treatment of claims. The report claimed Google gave Rubin a $90 million exit package, which sparked a slew of outrage. Rubin denied the allegations in the article, which Google did not dispute.

"Employees have raised constructive ideas for how we can improve our policies and our processes", Pichai told the Times, adding.

"We want to assure you that we review every single complaint about sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct, we investigate and we take action", said Pichai.

Hundreds of employees signed a letter in August that demanded more transparency on the ethical consequences of their work after Google chose to build a censored search engine for China.

"The demonstrators gathered at San Francisco's major tourist neighbourhood at the waterfront Embarcadero in the northern part of the city, holding placards that read "Don't Be Evil" and "#Times Up Google", and called more greater respect for women and women's right. DeVaul is leaving without any exit package, according to a person familiar with the matter. Photos from the protests have shown hundreds or more walking out at each location - Google workers want reform, and they're going to be vocal about it.

More than 1,500 workers, majority women, plan to join the walkout, according to The New York Times."Google's famous for its culture".

Other demands included a uniform process for reporting sexual misconduct anonymously across the company and increased powers for Google's chief diversity officer.

Google employee Coleen Elliot addresses the crowd Thursday during the Boulder Google Campus "Walkout For Real Change". Walkouts began at 11:10 Tokyo, and continue at the same local time in other offices around the globe.

Earlier this week, Rich DeVaul, director of the Google X research division, resigned after accusations of harassment and misconduct involving a job candidate in 2013, the Times also reported.

Hundreds of Google employees in NY are walking off the job and gathering at a nearby park. Google has sacked 48 other employees for sexual harassment in the last two years, he said.

Android creator Andy Rubin left Google in 2014 with a $90million (£70million) golden parachute.

Meanwhile, Pichai apologised for the company's "past actions", in an email sent to employees on Tuesday.

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