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Google Faces Internal Backlash on dealing with sexual harassment

The meeting did little to choke anger. On Friday, Mrs Stapleton said she created an internal mailing list to organize…

The meeting did little to choke anger. On Friday, Mrs Stapleton said she created an internal mailing list to organize an expulsion. More than 200 employees joined this weekend, she said, and the numbers have since grown to more than 1,500.

On Tuesday, Richard DeVaul, one of the alphabetical executives who The Times revealed accused of harassment, resigned from the company. He did not receive an exit package, according to a spokesman for companies.

On the same day, Pichai sent an apologetic email to employees who said he would support the week’s protest. He said that some workers had already taken constructive ideas about how to improve harassment policies and hoped to “turn these ideas into action,” according to the email, received by The Times.

Employees organizing the walkway have urged Google to terminate the practice of private arbitration – which requires people to waive their right to sue and often include confidentiality agreements – in the event of sexual abuse and harassment. They also require publication of an insight report on the occurrence of sexual harassment, more information on salaries and remuneration, a employee representative on the company board and a chief diversity officer who can make recommendations directly to the board.

Other employees said they were disappointed that senior executives like David C. Drummond, the chief executive of the alphabet, who had a child with a female subordinate, and Brin, who had a public excellent relationship with an employee, were in influential positions. Some raised questions about whether it was appropriate for Eric Schmidt, the company’s former CEO and chairman, to remain on the board of the alphabet after previous and current employees said he had held a mistress as a corporate consultant.

Thursday’s launch will begin in Google Tokyo’s office and circle around the globe, with employees leaving work around 11 o’clock in their time zones, Stapleton said. People can choose whether to return to work, she says.

“Although Google has enchanted the language of diversity and inclusion, has substantive action to address systemic racism, increased capital and stopping sexual harassment has been few and far from. EVER”, wrote organizers of the walkout on a internal website, as The Times showed. “Time is on Google.”

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