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Google Workers Set to Launch Worldwide Protests

Google Workers Set to Launch Worldwide Protests

Hundreds of Google employees are expected to temporality leave their jobs Thursday morning in a mass walkout protesting the internet company's lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct.

Employees walked out of their offices in several places including London, Dublin, Singapore, Berlin, Haifa in Israel, and Zurich.

The New York Times on October 25 posted an expose at allegations against Rubin, the father of Android, reporting that Google gave him a significant severance package while concealing the allegations.

"None of the allegations made about Mr. Rubin are true", he told CNN Business in a statement, calling them "demonstrably false".

"Employees have raised constructive ideas for how we can improve our policies and our processes going forward", Pichai said in the statement.

The Dublin-based employee also shared an article with Euronews, pointing us to an article in THE CUT, written by the organisers of the walkouts, for more background context.

"The demonstrators gathered at San Francisco's major tourist neighbourhood at the waterfront Embarcadero in the northern part of the city, holding placards that read "Don't Be Evil" and "#Times Up Google", and called more greater respect for women and women's right. Thirteen of the employees were senior managers or above, and none received an exit package.

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With that as a catalyst, Google workers want the company to know that they deserve a safe and equitable workplace.

"In two instances, it ousted senior executives, but softened the blow by paying them millions of dollars as they departed, even though it had no legal obligation to do so", the New York Times wrote. On Tuesday another executive, Richard DeVaul, resigned.

"A Silicon Valley congresswoman tweeted her support of the Google walkout using the "#metoo" hashtag that has become a battle cry for women fighting sexual misconduct across the world.

The walkout comes despite Google's chief executive, Sundar Pichai, and co-founder Larry Page taking steps to quell an internal backlash over the revelations. They also demanded demanded that the chief diversity officer be able to advice the company's board of directors directly.

Google was not required to pay the money to Rubin, who's denied the accusations, and has declined to comment on the matter.

Pichai apologised for the company's "past actions" in an email sent to employees this week.