Google walkout: Google staff are protesting against sexual misconduct.Aly Song/Reuters
Google staff around the world are staging a mass walkout on Thursday in protest at sexual misconduct.
It follows a bombshell New York Times report last week, which named executives who had been accused of sexual misconduct, including Android creator Andy Rubin. Rubin denies the allegations.
Thousands of staff are expected to take part in the protest, which will involve people walking away from their desk at 11 a.m. at Google offices around the globe. They are using the hashtag #GoogleWalkout.
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“People are sharing stories about harassment, microagressions, inefficient process, broken culture,” said privacy engineer Ted.
Sundar Pichai said he supports the walkout
Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Business Insider in a statement that management supports the protest:
“We let Googlers know that we are aware of the activities planned for Thursday and that employees will have the support they need if they wish to participate,” he said.
But Google engineer Liz Fong-Jones encouraged the press to shift their focus away from Pichai’s support.