Google employees around the world are staging a mass walkout Thursday in protest of sexual misconduct.
It follows a bombshell New York Times report last week that named executives who had been accused of sexual misconduct, including Andy Rubin, the creator of the mobile operating system Android. Rubin denied any misconduct.
Thousands of workers are expected to take part in the protest, which calls for people in Google’s offices to walk away from their desk at 11 a.m. in their respective time zone. Protesters are using the hashtag #GoogleWalkout. Employees in New York, London, Tokyo, and Berlin are among those to have already taken part.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he supported the protests and was listening to his staff. “We are aware of the activities planned for Thursday and that employees will have the support they need if they wish to participate,” he said.
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Shona Ghosh and Sean Wolfe were on the scene in London and New York respectively. Matt Weinberger and Katie Canales were on the scene in San Francisco, and Troy Wolverton was on the scene in Mountain View.
Google employees in Singapore were among the first to observe the walkout.
As 11.10 a.m. rolled around in Europe, other Google offices took part. This picture was posted from Zurich by a software engineer named Danila Sinopalnikov.
One protester brought a megaphone to the walkout.
“People are sharing stories about harassment, microaggressions, inefficient process, broken culture,” said a Twitter user named Ted, who described himself as a Google privacy engineer.
Another decided to come as a Stormtrooper from “Star Wars.” The placard said: “I work on a Death Star but even I know not to sexually assault people.”
Berlin Googlers stood in front of the iconic Brandenburg Gate.
Rainfall kept some Londoners indoors, but that did not stop them from making their feelings known.
Business Insider reporter Shona Ghosh was at Google’s St Giles Street offices.
An employee taking part in the walkout told her: “I’m proud that we’re now supporting everyone, and hopefully now gives them a voice which most seem to feel they have not had before.”
She was told that workers at the Victoria office had a talk about the issues they’re raising with management, including a call for a transparency report on sexual harassment.
A Googler from London’s Camden office who shared this picture said stories shared during the walkout were “heartbreaking.”
Though many London Googlers stayed inside to avoid the rain, some decided to brave the elements. Staff members were reluctant to talk to reporters, however.
Google employees in Dublin also showed their solidarity for the cause. The RTE journalist Will Goodbody posted this video:
Quick group photo and then it was back to work. Huge reluctance among those taking part to talk to press about why they were there – seemed to be under impression they weren’t allowed by the company despite being told by it they could speak to media in a personal capacity.
Here is Kate, the Google Dublin “Walkout for Real Change” coordinator addressing the crowd. pic.twitter.com/iZFhHAJ9VO
And the Irish Googlers brought doughnuts.
After the protests in Europe, the east coast of America began making preparations. These signs showed the walkout would spill over into other areas of concern.
Project Maven was Google’s now-abandoned plan to build artificial intelligence tools for the US military, which caused some employees to resign in protest.
Throngs of reporters were waiting for Google staff to protest in New York City. Business Insider’s Sean Wolfe was on the scene.
Wolfe followed the Googlers as they made their way towards the High Line.
protest is moving toward the high line. sidewalks are pretty crowded at this point and police are trying to keep people off the street