Google Employees around the world walked out of their offices on Thursday 1st of November 2018 to protest against the company’s treatment of women.
The walkouts started in Asia and moved across all the Continent as the protest began around 11:10 am across different time zones.
Google staff in Tokyo, Israel, London, Singapore, Belin, Toronto United States among others all left their offices to protest against how sexual misconduct allegations are dealt with at the firm, and there was also a call to end forced arbitration -a move which would allow victims to be able to sue.
According to BBC news, Sundar Pichai Google chief executive told the staff that; “he supports their right to take the action”.
He also said: “I understand the anger and disappointment that many of you feel,” he said in an all-staff 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.”
“Employees have raised constructive ideas on how we can improve our policies and our processes”. He added, “We are taking in all their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action.”
What led to the walkout?
Over a week ago, the New York Times alleged that; “Andy Rubin also known as the creator of Android mobile operating system received $90m payout after he left the firm, despite what Google considered a “credible” allegation of sexual misconduct made against him”.
Just a day after New York times published sexual misconduct done by Google executives and its parent company Alphabet, one of the men named resigned. Richard DeVaul the director of Alphabet’s X research division was said to have made unwanted advances towards a woman who was recently interviewed for a job in which she would have reported-according to BBC news.