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Google Employees Hold a Walkout

Employees want an end to sexual harassment discrimination at the tech giant

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Nov 02, 2018

Politico's Morning Shift reports on the worldwide walkout yesterday at Google over sexual harassment discrimination and persistent racism.

At 11:10 a.m. in every time zone, employees at over 60 percent of Google offices across the world flooded the streets Thursday demanding "an end to the sexual harassment, discrimination, and the systemic racism" that organizers say fuels a "destructive culture" at the company. "This is a new era in tech," one organizer told Morning Shift. "There's a lot of questions we need to ask about how this culture is built."

Employee organizers penned a piece in The Cut Thursday, outlining their demands to address the culture at the tech-giant. The list includes: an end to forced arbitration in cases of harassment and discrimination; a commitment to end pay and opportunity inequity; a publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report; and a clear, uniform, globally inclusive process for reporting sexual misconduct. "This is just the beginning," one of the walkout organizers said. "What we saw here is people flexing their muscle and saying, 'Hey we do have power.'"

The walkout was spurred from a New York Times report that Google paid out $90 million to Andy Rubin, creator of Android software, even after determining that reports he coerced a female employee into performing oral sex were credible. "This is not blowing off steam, this is going to escalate if our demands aren't met," the organizer added. Read their piece in The Cut here.

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