Employee’s of Google across the globe have organised a series of walkouts in protest at the company’s treatment of women. Staff in Zurich, London, Tokyo, Singapore and Berlin are among those taking part.
The protesters are calling for key changes in company policy, regarding how sexual misconduct allegations are dealt with at the tech giant. These include a demand to end forced arbitration.
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai has told staff that he supports the employees right to take action:
“I understand the anger and disappointment that many of you feel. 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.”
Anger at Google has come after the New York Times alleged that one high profile executive received a $90m payout after leaving the company, despite what Google considered a “credible” allegation of sexual misconduct being made against him.
Staff are asking for 5 demands:
- A commitment to end pay and opportunity inequality
- A publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report
- A clear, uniform, globally inclusive process for reporting sexual misconduct safely and anonymously
- The elevation of the chief diversity officer to answer directly to the CEO, and make recommendations directly to the board of directors
- The appointment of an employee representative to the board
- An end to forced arbitration in cases of harassment and discrimination for all current and future employees