Cambridge Google Employees Walkout, Demand Better Policies For Women

Andrew Cummings
November 2, 2018

Yesterday, Google staff staged a walkout, with employees worldwide leaving their places of work in protest.

A report by NewYork Times claims that Google paid a sum of USD90 million as exit package to Android Creator Andy Rubin following a sexual harassment complaint against him.

But the Times uncovered new details, including a reported $90 million exit package that Rubin is said to have been granted when he departed the company. Meanwhile, regular employees who are harassed allegedly have little recourse against powerful higher-ups.

Employees in London and Tokyo, Singapore and Dublin walked out earlier Thursday.

"I know some [female Google employees] have experienced" some type of sexism at the company, he said. It is, at least subjectively, a lot of people.

In a Twitter post highlighting photos of the Dublin walkout, Google employee Karen O'Connell wrote: "Very proud to participate in the #googlewalkout today showing solidarity with my colleagues, fighting for equality and demanding real change".

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has voiced his support for the walkouts.

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.

But it was revealed by the Times that Google executives asked for Rubin's resignation after an employee accused Rubin of sexual misconduct, specifically that he coerced the female employee to perform oral sex.

"We don't want to feel that we're unequal or we're not respected anymore", Claire Stapleton, a product marketing manager at YouTube who helped call for the walkout, told The NY Times.

"I'm protesting against harassment, bullying, and a culture in which we are supporting our executives when junior employees make a claim against the company", Nadia said. DeVaul was initially allowed to keep his job, but resigned when the Times article was published.

An end to forced arbitration was also an important issue raised by the protesting group.

"Over the past two years, we have terminated 48 people, including 13 senior managers and above for sexual harassment", Pichai noted in his email. "I feel it as well, and I am fully committed to making progress on an issue that has persisted for far too long in our society. and, yes, here at Google, too".

Other demands included a uniform process for reporting sexual misconduct anonymously across the company and increased powers for Google's chief diversity officer. "We are taking their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action".

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