Google employees stage global walkout for women's rights

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Employees from New York City, Dublin, London, Singapore, Toronto, Berlin, and Cambridge all joined in with the protest - which Google executives reportedly tried to quell - with employees providing a list of demands to Google executives.

Staff in Google's Dublin office began the walkout at around 11 a.m. GMT.

Employees are being urged to leave a flyer at their desk which reads: "I'm not at my desk because I'm walking out in solidarity with other Googlers and contractors to protest [against] sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency, and a workplace culture that's not working for everyone". It also alleged that Google protected two other unnamed executives accused of sexual misconduct, removing one with a severance package while retaining another. A 2015 Google software engineer contract provided to Gizmodo included a mandatory arbitration clause, including cases of discrimination and harassment.

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

Mr Rubin derided the NYT story article as inaccurate and denied the allegations in a tweet.

The employees have sought several key changes.

Outrage at how Google handles these situations rippled as employees demanded change, both internally and on social media, culminating in worldwide walkouts.

Employees claim that Rubin's $90 million exit package is evidence that Google cares too much about minimizing negative press surrounding accusations of sexual harassment.

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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.

The email didn't mention the reported incidents involving Rubin, DeVaul or anyone else at Google, but Pichai didn't dispute anything in the Times story.

Workers from all over - including London, New York and Washington, D.C. - staged mid-day walkouts Thursday to combat what they claim is sexism, racism and unchecked power by top company officials. "We are taking in all their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action".

"Although it's not necessarily something that's happened to me, I understand that this is something that is real and has impacted so many lives", said associate account strategist Brandon McGhee.

The YouTube policy executive Stephanie Parker added: "I'm walking out tomorrow for myself, my co-workers, and everyone whose story has never been told".

Google chief Sundar Pichai apologised for the company's "past actions" in an email sent to employees on Tuesday. Tech news site The Information previously reported that Google had investigated Rubin for an inappropriate relationship while at the company.

Just 22 percent of the company's highest paid employees are women, the same data show.

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