Global Google walkout: Employees around the world stage a mass protest over sexual misconduct after it was revealed developer at the centre of the scandal received $90 million payout

Thursday, November 1, 2018
By Paul Martin

Thousands of the tech giant’s employees left offices in cities including London, Singapore, Dublin and Zurich
The ‘Walkout For Real Change’ comes a week after a New York Times article detailed the allegations of sexual misconduct against the creator of Google’s Android technology Andy Rubin and numerous other executives
Rubin left the company with an astronomical severance package in 2014 despite accusations being ‘credible’
Google CEO Sundar Pichai apologized for the company’s ‘past actions’ but many remain unconvinced

1 November 2018

Hundreds of Google engineers and other workers are expected to walk out on Thursday morning to protest the internet giant’s lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct.

It is the latest expression of a year-long backlash against male exploitation of female subordinates in a business, entertainment and politics.

In Silicon Valley, women are also becoming fed up with the male-dominated composition of the technology industry’s workforce – a glaring imbalance that critics say fosters unsavory behavior akin to a college fraternity house.

Staff taking part in the walkout will reportedly leave a note on their desks which says: ‘I’m not at my desk because I’m walking out with other Googlers and contractors to protest sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency, and a workplace culture that’s not working for everyone.’

The Google protest, billed ‘Walkout For Real Change’, is unfolding a week after a New York Times story detailed allegations of sexual misconduct about creator of its Android software, Andy Rubin.

The report, which was titled ‘How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the ‘Father of Android”, said Rubin received a $90 million severance package in 2014 despite Google concluding that the sexual misconduct allegations against him were credible.

Rubin derided the Times story and denied the allegations in a tweet, saying the article contained ‘numerous inaccuracies’ and ‘wild exaggerations’.

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