Google employees around the world are calling for sweeping changes in how the company handles sexual harassment and discrimination.Employees walked out of their offices on Thursday in a coordinated protest over what they call a “destructive culture” at the company. They are demanding five main changes, according to a post on an Instagram account dedicated to the walkout.
Google employees say they want: An end to forced arbitration in harassment and discrimination cases; a commitment to end pay and opportunity inequity; a sexual harassment transparency report disclosed to the public; a clear inclusive process for reporting sexual misconduct safely and anonymously; and for the chief diversity officer to report directly to the CEO and make recommendations to the board of directors, as well as the appointment of an employee representative to the board.
The walkout was prompted by a New York Times investigation last week, which detailed years of sexual harassment allegations, multimillion-dollar severance packages for executives accused of misconduct, and little transparency over the cases.
In an op-ed for New York Magazine on Thursday, the seven core organizers said Google employees “demand an end to the sexual harassment, discrimination, and the systemic racism that fuel this destructive culture.”
“The article provided a narrow window into a culture we, as Google employees, know well. These stories are our stories. We share them in hushed tones to trusted peers, friends, and partners. There are thousands of us, at every level of the company. And we’ve had enough,” they wrote.