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Google Employees Protest Against Sexual Misconduct at Workplace
03 November 2018, 07:13 | Kelvin Horton
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"This is it. Time is up".
"There are cracks, though, and this is why we're here", she said.
London workers at Google's offices in Holborn, Kings Cross and Shoreditch were among those who joined the strike which also saw walkouts in Dublin, Singapore and of course Mountain View, as well as many other Google sites in the U.S. and beyond. From Asia to Europe and throughout the USA, workers brought attention to what they call a "destructive culture" that condones sexual misconduct, discrimination and racism.
The dissatisfaction among Alphabet's 94,000 employees and tens of thousands more contractors has not noticeably affected company shares.
Google employees in Canada streamed out of the tech giant's offices in Toronto, Montreal and Waterloo as part of an worldwide act of defiance meant to protest the company's treatment of women and alleged mishandling of sexual misconduct.
A Google investigation found the woman's claims to be credible, and Rubin was asked to resign.
Pichai also said that it might appear to outsiders that the company's internal dynamics is in chaos but it is not as intense as some have characterised it to be.
The protest - dubbed Walkout For Real Change - has been organised a week after The New York Times published a number of allegations surrounding high-profile workers at the technology giant.
Demandsposted 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. The workers also want the ability to bring any workplace sexual harassment charges in court as opposed through company arbitration. "We are taking in all their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action", he added.
The New York walkout lasted roughly 45 minutes.
They disclosed that 48 employees had been fired for "sexual harassment", including 13 senior managers. Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, says it doesn't offer payouts to people it fires for sexual harassment anymore. "We want to assure you that we review every single complaint about sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct, we investigate and we take action", Pichai and Naughton said in the email.
The Google walkout has already begun.
The walkouts started in Asia, spreading across the globe with planned protests expected to start at 11:10 a.m.in each time zone. They occupy slightly more than one quarter of leadership roles globally, according to Google data from 2017.
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