Google Employees Walking Out To Protest Sexual Misconduct
Today (November 1) hundreds of Google's employees will be walking out from their jobs to protest what they say is too lenient treatment of executives who've been accused of sexual misconduct.
From the New York Times, the "Walkout for Real Change" is coming one week after the New York Times reported on sexual misconduct allegations against the creator of Google's Android software, Andy Rubin, and said he'd gotten a $90 million severance package in 2014 even though a company probe concluded the allegations were credible.
The story also revealed sexual misconduct allegations against other Google executives. CEO Sundar Pichai sent an email to employees Tuesday (October 30th) apologizing for what he called Google's "past actions," saying,
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.
Pichai has also recently disclosed that Google fired 48 employees in recent years for sexual harassment, including 13 senior managers, without giving them severance packages.