After Google announced last week it fired 48 people for sexual harassment since 2016, almost 1,500 workers were planning a walk-out at the company's offices globally on Thursday, the media reported. Employees in the Tokyo, Singapore, Berlin, London, Dublin and NY offices have already taken part, with California expected to follow suit. While Rubin reacted to the report calling it a "smear campaign to disparage him during his divorce", DeVaul left the company without an exit package. Rubin has said the Times story "contains numerous inaccuracies" and that the allegations are false.
The demonstration comes after Google CEO Pichai sent out memos stating the company was taking a hard stance against inappropriate behavior and that employees would have the support they needed to show up for the protests.
"I'm pissed off", said Google employee Mal Gilbert.
Staff around the world are expected to leave their offices at 11.10 am local time, demanding an end to pay inequality, more accountability in cases of harassment and better representation for workers.
"These incidents are from a few years ago and we've evolved as a company", Pichai said Thursday at The New York Times' DealBook conference.
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Among other things, Pichai and Naughton said Google had fired 48 employees, including 13 senior managers, for sexual harassment in recent years without giving any of them severance packages.
Andy Rubin, who created the Android mobile operating system, and Richard DeVaul, a director at the Google X research firm working on far-flung projects such as self-driving cars, were among those named in the New York Times article.
Hundreds of people can be seen outside of Google's offices in Dublin - and in Zurich.
Speier represents an affluent district where many Google employees live, the Associated Press reported.
"I'm protesting against harassment, bullying, and a culture in which we are supporting our executives when junior employees make a claim against the company", Nadia said.
"I think that people will doubt my work a lot more than they will doubt a male colleague's", she said.