Google Staff Walk Out Over Sexual Harassment Scandals

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Employees at Google offices in Europe and Asia are staging a series of walkouts in protest at the company's treatment of women.

The employees demand that Google change its policies about how sexual misconduct allegations are dealt with at the firm, including a call to end forced arbitration. This move would make it possible for victims to sue.

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai has told staff he supports their right to stage the demonstration, report CNN and the BBC.

58I understand the anger and disappointment that many of you feel

A Twitter hashtag titled @googlewalkout has documented the walkout at Google's international offices.

Google staff in Zurich, London, Tokyo, Singapore and Berlin were among the participants.

Around 150 Google employees in India engaged in the walkouts, according to a company spokesman. Google has about 2,000 employees across Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad.

In the United States, the hashtag #googlewalkout has attracted hundreds of posts on social media.

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According to a New York Times report, the company stayed mum about sexual misconduct allegations against three executives over the past decade, including one against Android founder Andy Rubin, who departed Google in 2014. Tech news site The Information earlier reported that Google had probed Rubin for an inappropriate relationship while at the company.

The Times uncovered new information, including a reported $90 million severance package that Rubin is said to have been received when he exited the company.

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