Google Employees Stage Walkouts To Protest Company's Handling Of Harassment

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The movement is happening at Google headquarters all over the world, including London and Dublin.

The New York Times on October 25 posted an expose at allegations against Rubin, the father of Android, reporting that Google gave him a significant severance package while concealing the allegations.

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.

Rubin said the Times' report was inaccurate in a pair of statements on Twitter and denied the allegations, which he called a "smear campaign".

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.

Sam Singer, a lawyer for Rubin, disputed the allegations in the Times report.

Yesterday, Google staff staged a walkout, with employees worldwide leaving their places of work in protest.

"So today, over 60 percent of all Google offices, and thousands of Google employees will walk out, around the world", the article adds.

Google chief executive Sudar Pichai said the company has made a number of changes "including taking an increasingly hard line on appropriate conduct by people in positions of authority".

"I was really disappointed", Herman said of reading the New York Times story. Google did not dispute the report, according to Reuters.

The walkout organizers also called for gender equality in a company where women account for just 30 percent of the workforce, and only 25 percent of Google's leadership.

Protestors are making formal demands to the tech giant's management, including a public sexual harassment transparency report, a clear process for safely and anonymously reporting misconduct and harassment, the appointment of an employee representative to the board of directors, and an express commitment to ending pay inequality. The next day, Google's parent company Alphabet confirmed that Richard DeVaul, an executive accused of sexual harassment, had been fired without severance. He said those who participated in the walkout would not be penalized and noted that many senior leaders took part.

"Why do they think it's OK to reward perpetrators & further violate victims?" asked Rep. Jackie Speier, who represents an affluent district where many of Google's employees live.