Last year, the federal government sued Google, a government contractor, to release compensation data in order to ensure the company was obeying equal opportunity laws.
Others relate to the company's treatment of sexual harassment. Currently, the company requires employees to waive their right to sue in cases of sexual harassment and often includes confidentiality agreements, the Times reports.
Organizers are also asking for "a clear, uniform, globally inclusive process for reporting sexual misconduct safely and anonymously."
They have also asked that the company's chief diversity officer answer directly to the CEO and make recommendations directly to the Board of Directors — and that the company add an employee representative to the board.
"This is part of a growing movement, not just in tech, but across the country, including teachers, fast food workers, and others who are using their strength in numbers to make real change," organizers said.
Employees who walk out will display a poster on their desk that reads, "Hi. I'm not at my desk because I'm walking out in solidarity with other Googlers and contractors to protest sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency, and a workplace culture that's not working for everyone. I'll be back at my desk later."
Stapleton, one of the walkout's organizers in New York, said she is hopeful that Google can change its culture. She said the past week had actually restored her faith in the company, as she worked together with colleagues on a wide spectrum of issues.
"We have tremendous allies," she said. "I mean, we immediately took the name 'women' out of the walkout because we had so much support from men. And we wanted this to feel really inclusive, and for this to be about a bigger thing than one executive payout."
"I think if change can happen anywhere I hope it's here," she said. "But we'll see."
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