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Google Staffers Are Walking Out Over Sexual Harassment Scandals. Here’s What to Know

Google Staffers Are Walking Out Over Sexual Harassment Scandals. Here’s What to Know

Thousands of Google staffers across the world are walking off the job Thursday in protest of the tech giant’s handling of sexual misconduct at the company.

The protest, called “Walkout for Real Change,” comes after a New York Times report that Google gave Android creator Andy Rubin a $90 million severance fee in 2014 when he left the company, all while hiding that he had been accused of sexual misconduct — a claim the company found to be credible following an investigation. Rubin has denied the allegation.

Google workers, from Singapore to Switzerland, started walking out of the office at 11:10 a.m. in their respective time zones. Here’s what to know about the Google protest.

Google employees are demanding the company change how it deals with sexual misconduct claims

Demands from staffers include an end to forced arbitration in harassment and discrimination cases, a commitment to ending pay inequality, a public sexual harassment transparency report and establishing a clear process for reporting sexual misconduct anonymously.

We, Google employees and contractors, will walkout on November 1 at 11:10am to demand these five real changes. #googlewalkout pic.twitter.com/amgTxK3IYw

— Google Walkout For Real Change (@GoogleWalkout) November 1, 2018

Congresswoman Jackie Spier, who represents California’s 14th District, shared her support for those who walked out in a tweet using the #MeToo hashtag.

I stand w/hundreds of #Google engineers planning the women’s walkout in protest of the $90M exit package gifted to Andy Rubin after Google found allegations of his sexual misconduct to be credible. Why do they think it’s OK to reward perpetrators & further violate victims? #MeToo

— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) October 30, 2018

The protest kicked off in Singapore and is continuing around the world

Google employees were seen walking out in Singapore and across Europe, including in London, Dublin, Berlin and Zurich.

Here's one of four Google London sites coming out in support of our colleagues. #GoogleWalkout pic.twitter.com/SevBraiPrc

— Hoi Lam (@hoitab) November 1, 2018

The #googlewalkout in Zurich has impressive numbers! @googlewalkout pic.twitter.com/bgLHDLYfez

— Ted (@TedOnPrivacy) November 1, 2018

#GoogleWalkout Dublin. pic.twitter.com/joL1uHGavJ

— Ciara O'Brien (@ciaraobrien) November 1, 2018

Google employees have left flyers explaining why they’re walking out at their empty desks

The flyers say, “I’m not at my desk because I’m walking out in solidarity with other Googlers and contractors to protest sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency, and a workplace culture that’s not working for everyone. I’ll be back at my desk later.”

Google leadership has apologized

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has apologized for the company’s “past actions,” according to an email sent to employees on Tuesday.

“I understand the anger and disappointment that many of you feel,” he wrote. “I feel it as well, and I am fully committed to making progress on an issue that has persisted for far too long in our society and, yes, here at Google, too.”

Pichai said in an email last week that Google had fired 48 employees, including 13 senior managers, for sexual harassment without giving them severance pay.

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