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Big turnout of 'Googlers' at headquarters in global protest

02 November 2018
Big turnout of 'Googlers' at headquarters in global protest

The Times reported that Rubin was accused of coercing a female employee, with whom he'd been having affair, into performing oral sex in a hotel room in 2013.

About 30 percent of Google's 94,000 employees are women. "I blocked out some memories of it, but I don't think anybody should have to do that anymore", said Tanuja Gupta.

Some employees at the Boulder campus got up and told personal stories of sexism within the workplace while others issued messages of support.

Walkouts were planned for 11:10 a.m. across different time zones, beginning in Asian countries.

Keni Herman carried a sign that said "My outrage can't fit on this sign".

"This is Google. We solve the toughest problems here. And I expect that from the company, too".

Employees were seen staging walkouts at offices from Tokyo and Singapore to London and Dublin.

"While Google has championed the language of diversity and inclusion, substantive actions to address systemic racism, increase equity, and stop sexual harassment have been few and far between", organizers stated. They demanded Google commit to end pay inequity, a long festering issue at the company that led to a gender bias suit. The first one calls for an end to forced arbitration for discrimination and harassment allegations, a practice which requires employees to settle grievances in-house, and prevents employees from going beyond Google if they are dissatisfied with the outcome of the arbitration. The employee group, Google Walkout For Real Change, said 47 offices worldwide were participating in the walkout Thursday. She is one of 7,000 employees at Google's Dublin location, the largest facility outside the US.

The tech firm have been embroiled in a number of scandals recently, mostly relating to the way they handle sexual harassment claims.

"We are disappointed and we are sad at the response from our leadership or lack thereof", she continued.

Google reportedly found the allegation credible, asked for his resignation and gave him an exit package worth $90 million.

Mr Rubin denied the allegation in the story, which he also said contained "wild exaggerations" about his compensation.

The same report also disclosed allegations of sexual misconduct by other executives, including Richard DeVaul, a director at the same Google-affiliated lab that created far-flung projects such as self-driving cars and internet-beaming balloons.

On the same day the report was published, Google's Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai and Eileen Naughton, vice president of people operations, tried to reassure staff saying in an email that the company was "dead serious" about ensuring it provided a "safe and inclusive workplace".

Both Google and Rubin have refuted this claim.

Many Google employees were reluctant to speak to the press because they were advised not to.