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Google employees to hold walkout from offices in protest of how company handled sexual harassment case

The company is being questioned for its handling of sexual harassment cases and work culture

Google last week tried explaining its stand amidst the growing backlash over its handling of sexual misconduct cases at the workplace but it seems that its efforts have backfired. The company is being questioned for its handling of sexual harassment cases and work culture.

More than 1,500 Google employees mostly women are planning to walk-out from their offices today at 11:10AM depending on the timezone across the globe to protest the company's work culture and handling of sexual misconduct cases at the workplace The walk-out will happen at more than 60 per cent of Google offices across the world.

"We don't want to feel that we're unequal or we're not respected anymore," Claire Stapleton, a product marketing manager at YouTube who helped call for the walkout, told The new York Times. "Google's famous for its culture. But in reality we're not even meeting the basics of respect, justice and fairness for every single person here."

The walkouts have already begun in Tokyo and Singapore offices with employees posting pictures on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #GoogleWalkout.

The organisers of the Google Walkout for real change have created a dedicated Instagram page with the photo from Tokyo office already live on its page at the time of filing this story. The Instagram bio reads, "#GoogleWalkout 11/1 11:10am to protest sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency, and workplace culture not working for all."

The organisers have also listed their demand of Google making five important changes to its company policy:

-- An end to forced arbitration in cases of harassment and discrimination

-- A commitment to end pay and opportunity inequity

-- A publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report.

-- A clear, uniform, globally inclusive process for reporting sexual misconduct safely and anonymously

-- Elevate the Chief Diversity Officer to answer directly to the CEO and make recommendations directly to the board of directors. In addition, appoint an employee representative to the board.

A report by NewYork Times claims that Google paid a sum of USD90 million as exit package to Android Creator Andy Rubin following a sexual harassment complaint against him. The report further adds that the company not only concealed some of its former male employees from sexual misconduct charges but also paid handsome amount as exit package to them.

Responding to the report, company CEO Sundar Pichai last week in an internal letter to employees, announced that the company had fired 48 employees for sexual harassment in the last two years and none of them were paid exit package.