Here is why Google employees, all over the world, staged a walk-out

Google employees all over the world staged a walk-out to to ask for a change in the way the company handles sexual harassment and discrimination.

Employees walked out of their offices on Thursday in a coordinated protest over what they call a ‘destructive culture’ at the company. According to an employee group, Google Walkout For Real Change, around 47 offices across the world participated in the walkout including Zurich, Dublin, Singapore, London, Hyderabad, New York, Atlanta and Australia.

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They have five main demands, according to a post on an twitter dedicated to the walkout.
  • An end to forced arbitration in harassment and discrimination cases
  • A commitment to end pay and opportunity inequity
  • A sexual harassment transparency report disclosed to the public
  • A clear inclusive process for reporting sexual misconduct safely and anonymously
  • The chief diversity officer to report directly to the CEO and make recommendations to the board of directors, as well as the appointment of an employee representative to the board.
The walkout was prompted by a New York Times investigation last week, that said in 2014 Google gave a $90 million exit package to Android founder Andy Rubin after the then-senior vice president was accused of sexual harassment.
In an op-ed for New York Magazine on Thursday, the seven core organizers said Google employees ‘demand an end to the sexual harassment, discrimination, and the systemic racism that fuel this destructive culture.’
Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a conference in New York spoke about the positive aspects of letting company employees register their protest, but stated that he was still in charge of the company and would not let things be swayed by constant employee uprisings.

“We don’t run the company by referendum. There are many good things about giving employees a lot of voice, out of that we have done well,” said Pichai, adding that while to outsiders it may look like things are chaotic inside Google, that isn’t really the case, media reports said.

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