Google employees across the world walked off their jobs on Thursday to protest the company's handling of sexual harassment and what organizers called “a culture of complicity, dismissiveness and support for perpetrators.” The walkout came a week after the New York Times reported that Google suppressed allegations of sexual misconduct against several top executives and paid substantial exit packages to others. In an email to employees Google said that it is "taking an increasingly hard line on inappropriate conduct by people in positions of authority" and has fired 48 employees for sexual misconduct in recent years. We'll discuss the walkout and other efforts by tech employees to hold their companies accountable.
Google Employees Demand New Sexual Harassment Policies in Global Walkout
A Google employee holds a sign as thousands of employees walk off the job to protest the company's handling of sexual misconduct claims on November 1, 2018, in Mountain View, California. (Photo: Mason Trinca/Getty Images)
Sam Harnett, Silicon Valley reporter, KQED