Google Employee Walkout | Employees Angered By Google’s Handling of Sexual Harassment
Personnel at Google offices around the globe held a wave of walkouts on Thursday to protest the company’s management of sexual harassment.
The walkouts, which initiated in Asia and spread across the world, were scheduled for around 11 a.m. in respective time zones. Protests were anticipated throughout the day in Google offices in the USA.
The reaction was provoked by an article in The New York Times last week that exposed that Google had compensated millions of dollars in exit packages to male officials accused of harassment, while staying silent about the wrongdoings.
Google Employee Walkout
Some Google employees who could not come to work on Thursday due to health reasons also expressed their support for the walkout. Social media has been exploding with Google employee walkout images all through the day.
Google’s top management were aware of the coming walkouts a day before the event. On Wednesday, Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, said full support will be extended to those who decided to participate.
The employees who ordered the protest have called on Google to end its use of private mediation in cases of suspected sexual assault and harassment. They have also necessitated the publication of a transparency statement on occurrences of sexual harassment, further revelations of salaries and compensation. They have also demanded the appointment of an employee representative on the company board and a chief diversity officer who could speak on their behalf directly to the board.
Google reported that it had fired 48 individuals over sexual harassment allegations over the past 2 years, and that none had been settled with an exit package. One of the officials whom Alphabet continued retaining after he was suspected of harassment resigned on Tuesday and did not get an exit package, but this has done little to suppress the unrest.
Tensions have been rumbling as Silicon Valley workforces agressively push back against decisions by their leaders that they feel do more damage than good. Mr. Pichai has been confronted with widespread rebuke for developing a search engine for China that would censor results. Google employees are not happy about the company’s artificial intelligence work with the Pentagon.
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Sources: The New York Times
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