Friday, 16 November, 2018

Google Workers Stage Walkout in NYC Over Company's Sexual Misconduct Policies

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during a product event in San Francisco. Pichai has declared artificial intelligence more important to humanity than fire or electricity. And yet the search giant is increasingly Chief executive Sundar Pichai apologised for the company and gave the protest his blessing Credit Eric Risberg AP
Orlando Vargas | 04 November, 2018, 02:55

In Manhattan, Google employees walked out of the Meatpacking District headquarters minutes ago.

Business Insider has contacted the Google Walkout organisers for its most up-to-date figure. "I blocked out some memories of it, but I don't think anybody should have to do that anymore", said Tanuja Gupta.

Despite his assurances, employees' discontent over the matter continued to increase, which ultimately led to the employees staging a protest on Thursday.

'For every story in The New York Times, there are thousands more, at every level of the company.

"This is Google. We solve the toughest problems here. And I expect that from the company, too". Employees staged walkouts at offices from Tokyo to Singapore to London.

Demands posted in the account included improved processes for reporting sexual misconduct and resolving cases of harassment, as well as a commitment by Google to pay and opportunity equality.

Herman said she hopes the walkouts would help show the company employees were serious. "We sincerely did that to the company", he said.

"We felt it was important to express our support for the employees today".

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Last week, the New York Times detailed allegations against the creator of the Google's Android software Andy Rubin.

One of these scandals came when a high-ranking executive at the firm was given a £69 million payout when he was forced to leave after "credible" sexual assault allegations came to light. These included Richard DeVaul, a director at the Google-affiliated lab that created far-flung projects such as self-driving cars and internet-beaming balloons.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said none of those individuals who were terminated received an exit package after Google took a tougher line toward its employees accused of sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct.

That same day, Pichai and Eileen Naughton, the company's vice president of people operations, sent an email to employees saying that the company was "dead serious" about making sure the company provides "a safe and inclusive workplace".

"I understand the anger and disappointment that many of you feel", he told them in a full-company round-robin.

But the signs and the chants blamed Google for not being forthcoming about its handling of harassment claims.

The email did not mention the reported incidents involving Mr Rubin, Mr DeVaul or anyone else, but Mr Pichai did not dispute anything in the NYT story.

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