Google Employees Walk Out To Protest Company's Treatment Of Women
Google employees worldwide are walking off the job to protest the company's treatment of women and its handling of sexual assault cases.
They walked out of Google offices at 11:10 a.m. local time Thursday in Singapore, Zurich, London, Dublin and New York City, filling nearby streets, sidewalks and parks.
And in California, home to Google's headquarters, employees streamed out of its offices into plazas.
"We've always been told that Google is a leading-edge company, that our culture is something really special. And in that way, we totally have the space to walk out and do this today," said Claire Stapleton, a New York-based marketing manager for YouTube and one of the walkout's core organizers. "But we also see some very real changes that need to happen."
She said the walkout isn't just about women but also about people of color, contractors and others at the company who have experienced "feeling diminished or disrespected, have experienced feeling unsafe."
Organizers are calling for an end to forced arbitration, a commitment from the company to end inequities in pay and opportunity, a publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report, and a safe and anonymous process for reporting sexual misconduct at Google.