Google staff walk out over women's treatment

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 18:12, Nov 01, 2018 | Updated : 18:16, Nov 01, 2018

Workers stand outside the Google offices after walking out as part of a global protest over workplace issues, in London, Britain, November 1, 2018. REUTERS/Staff at Google offices around the world are staging an unprecedented series of walkouts in protest at the company's treatment of women, reports BBC.
The employees are demanding several key changes in how sexual misconduct allegations are dealt with at the firm, including a call to end forced arbitration - a move which would make it possible for victims to sue.
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai has told staff he supports their right to take the action.
"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."
What led to the walkout?
Anger at the firm has boiled over in the past week since the New York Times alleged that one high profile executive received a $90m payout after he left the firm, despite what Google considered a “credible” allegation of sexual misconduct made against him. Andy Rubin, known as the “creator” of the Android mobile operating system, denies the allegation.
On Tuesday, another executive - this time from the company’s X research lab - also resigned. Richard DeVaul was said to have made unwanted advances towards a woman who was recently interviewed for a job in which she would have reported to Mr DeVaul.
Google employees gather in a common area to attend the Google Walkout in Singapore, November 1, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. Twitter @GOOGLEWALKOUT REUTERSMr DeVaul has not commented since his resignation, but in the past called the incident an "error of judgement".
At least 48 other employees have been sacked for sexual harassment without receiving a payout, Mr Pichai told staff. He admitted the New York Times’ report had been "difficult to read".
In the past year, Google employees have spoken out strongly against the company’s work with the US Department of Defense, as well as plans to re-enter the Chinese market with a search product.
The Tech Workers Coalition, a San Francisco-based advocacy group, said the day’s dispute was just one of several tech companies need to address.
People gather next to the Google office to attend the Google Walkout in Zurich, Switzerland November 1, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. Twitter @GOOGLEWALKOUT REUTERS“We stand in solidarity with the Google workers,” a spokesperson for the group said.
“It’s clear the executives won’t do this for us so we’re taking matters into our own hands."