More than 200 employees at Google are planning a walkout later this week following a report that described a culture of sexual misconduct by senior executives at the company, according to Buzzfeed News.
The protest, scheduled for Thursday, is in response to a New York Times report that detailed how Google handled allegations of sexual misconduct against its employees. The report described incidents involving several current and former executives, most notably Android creator Andy Rubin, who left Google with a $ 90 million exit package immediately after an investigation found that allegations against him were “credible.”
Google responded to the Times’ story by publishing a company-wide email, where CEO Sundar Pichai wrote that 48 people had been fired for sexual harassment over the past two years. But internally, according to Buzzfeed, Google executives held an all-hands meeting where they apologized to employees and tried to explain how they treated Rubin.
Over the weekend, Google employees took an internal forum afterwards to voice their frustration, Buzzfeed reports, where the idea was to organize a walkout gained traction. Google employees on the forum criticized what they called a pattern of “powerful but getting away with awful behavior towards women” at the company.
Rubin disputed the Times’ report last week, and accused the publication of a “smear campaign” that contained “numerous inaccuracies.”
Google did not respond immediately to a request for comment.