Google Workers Stage Global Walkout to Protest Sexual Misconduct

Engineers and other workers at Alphabet Inc.'s (GOOGL)  Google staged a coordinated global walkout on Thursday, Nov. 1, to protest the internet company's apparent lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct.

Walkouts were planned for 11:10 a.m. across different time zones, beginning in Asian countries. Protesters and supporters were posting photos and messages under the hashtag "googlewalkout."

The Google protest, billed "Walkout For Real Change," came after The New York Times detailed allegations of sexual misconduct about the creator of Google's Android software, Andy Rubin.

The report said Rubin received a $90 million severance package in 2014 even though Google had concluded that the sexual misconduct allegations against him were credible.

Alphabet has fired 48 employees over the past two years for sexual harassment, according to reports that quoted an email from company CEO Sundar Pichai. The Times also disclosed allegations of sexual misconduct against Richard DeVaul, a director at the company's research lab X. He resigned earlier this week without severance.

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