News roundup: Google employees stage global walk out to protest against sexual harassment at the company

News roundup: Google employees stage global walk out to protest against sexual harassment at the company

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Google walk outs

Thousands of Google employees around the world staged walk outs on Thursday to protest claims of sexual harassment, gender inequality and systemic racism. The demonstrations began just after 11am in Tokyo with other time zones following suit.

The protests were organized in the wake of last week's New York Times report about a $90 million payout that was given to ex-employee Andy Rubin after he was forced to resign amid sexual harassment allegations. Among the participating offices were Tokyo, Singapore, Zurich, London, Dublin, Haifa, New York and Berlin.

According to those involved in the walk out, employees were encouraged to leave a flyer at their desk that read: "I'm not at my desk because I'm walking out in solidarity with other Googlers and contractors to protest [against] sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency and a workplace culture that's not working for everyone."

In response to the protests, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, told employees that the company takes a ‘hard line' when it comes to reports of sexual harassment, but he would support everyone who took part in the demonstrations. He also said the company was listening to what employees had to say about the matter and would be using the feedback they'd provided to "turn ideas into actions."

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Charlotte Trueman

Charlotte is Staff Writer at IDG Connect. She is particularly interested in the impact technology will have on the future of work and promoting gender diversity throughout the tech industry.

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