The Latest: Google Employees Walk off Job, Share Demands

Associated Press |

Google  (GOOGL) workers walking out of their jobs over the company's handling of sexual-misconduct claims are sharing a list of demands.

The organizers are calling for an end to forced arbitration in cases of harassment and discrimination.

They also want Google to commit to ending pay inequity and to create a publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report and a clearer process for reporting complaints.

Hundreds of Google engineers and other employees began walking out of their offices Thursday morning starting in Asia and Europe.

The protests are set to continue in U.S. offices after local time in each location.

The organizers say Google has publicly championed diversity and inclusion but hasn't done enough substantive actions.

Wednesday

Hundreds of Google engineers and other workers are expected to walk off the job Thursday morning to protest the internet company's lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct.

It is the latest expression of a backlash against men's exploitation of female subordinates in a business, entertainment and politics. 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 unsavory behavior.

A week ago, a New York Times story detailed allegations of sexual misconduct against the creator of Google's Android software, Andy Rubin. The report said Rubin received a $90 million severance package in 2014 even though Google thought the allegations were credible. Rubin has denied the allegations.

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