Google employees around the world protested the company's protest against Andy Rubin, the developer of Android mobile software (pictured in New York in June), charged with sexual assault
The CEO of Google has admitted that we have not always done it right. However, he insists that sexual harassment is a societal problem after the tech giant has paid $ 90 million to an executive of sexual plague.
Thousands of employees participated in a mass-excursion attempt, calling the "Walkout for Real Change" a week after Android software developer Andy Rubin was accused of forcing a woman to practice oral sex in a hotel against him New York times.
Google's CEO, Sundar Pichai, stepped onto the stage yesterday: "It was a difficult time here," he told the New York Times DealBook conference. "There was anger and frustration in the company. We all feel it. I feel it too At Google, we set a very high bar and our expectations were obviously not met. "
Rubin denied the allegations in a tweet and said the article contained "numerous inaccuracies" and "wild exaggerations."
However, Rubin is said to have received a substantial exit package in 2014, estimated at around $ 90 million. In 2012, he was also awarded $ 14 million to buy a one-quarter coastal villa in Japan.
Pichai refused to confirm that there was a poisonous culture and said, "Moments like these show we did not always get it right, so we're committed to doing better."
Google has dismissed 48 people for sexual harassment over the last two years, 13 of whom were older according to the Times.
Google's 46-year-old CEO, Sundar Pichai admitted he was flawed and said he was angry at the New York Times DealBook conference – "We all feel so" as thousands of people marched against the company
Workers set up signs in front of Google's offices on 14th Park Street in New York yesterday as demonstrations took place in different time zones in their offices around the world
Google X Director Richard DeVaul and former Vice President Amit Singhal were cited in the Times report as alleged perpetrators of sexual behavior.
Pichai told the audience at the Times conference, "Sexual harassment is a societal problem and Google is a big company," adding, "We definitely do our best."
The demonstration yesterday is the latest expression of a years-long backlash that shook Pichai's term after being named CEO in 2015.
He was intensively investigated last year after dismissing a software engineer who had decided to question Google's diversity and equality strategy in an internal memo.
James Damore sued the tech company in January, while Pichai said, "Inside the company, many people allow it, but we have a code of conduct."
The demonstration helped thwart Google's Maven project and assist the US military in scanning battlefields with drones and artificial intelligence.
Workers also protested against Google's plans to launch a censored search engine in China, and Amazon and Microsoft should work to assist the federal government's police and immigration authorities with facial recognition and other aids.
"These people are not easily interchangeable and therefore have considerable power," said Kade Crockford, researching how new technologies affect the civil rights of the ACLU in Massachusetts.
While the mass protest took place on the West Coast, Google employees gathered in San Francisco Bay, home of Mountain View, and in Los Angeles to protest against corporate culture.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA
Rubin is accused of forcing a woman to oral sex in a hotel room in 2013; As the mass protest took place on the West Coast, Google employees gathered in front of Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, on San Francisco Bay
The Thursday's demonstration is the last in years of backlash against the exploitation of subordinates in all sectors
Google X Director Richard DeVaul and former Vice President Amit Singhal were cited in the Times report as alleged perpetrators of sexual misconduct. Thousands of employees will be shown Thursday after leaving the Google office in San Francisco, California
The New York Times report, which inspired this protest day by Google employees, came out on October 25, revealing that Rubin stepped down after a woman had come into the company to report a suspected sexual assault. Thousands of Google employees outside the Google office in San Francisco will be shown during the global strike on Thursday
The allegations against Rubin were not publicly mentioned, and he was praised by leaders in 2014 along the way. Google employees will be shown outside the San Francisco Google office on Thursday during the Global Walkout
Rubin was also reportedly receiving $ 90 million for an exit package, although Google was under no legal obligation to pay him anything on his departure. Google employees are on display protesting the company's handling of sexual misconduct claims on Thursday at the flagship office at the San Francisco Bar in Mountain View, California
Google employees will be shown outside the San Francisco office on Thursday during the global strike
Rubins promised that a $ 90 million severance package would be paid over time with the final payment scheduled for November. Google employees are said to have left their jobs behind in Mountain View, California, to protest Rubin's massive flyers, despite sexual assurances the company considered credible
The San Francisco area was one of the last to attend the demonstration, which was scheduled for Thursday, 11:10 am local time, at every Google location in the world
A San Francisco protester held a sign saying "Happy to give 90 million dollars, no sexual harassment required"
San Francisco Bay's Mountain View campus occupies a sea of people during an outburst that occurred at 11:10 am local time at global offices in the company's offices on Thursday
A Google employee in the San Francisco Bay area has a sign saying, "Do not be angry. Protect the victims and not the molesters "on Thursday
Two Google employees meet on Thursday with a group of colleagues in San Francisco with signs saying "Speak, Speak" and "Sexual harassment stops here" during a worldwide protest against the treatment of allegations of sexual misconduct
Workers protested against Google's allegations of sexual misconduct outside the headquarters of Mountain View, California, on Thursday
A Google employee faces a crowd of colleagues in San Francisco on Thursday who carry a "don't be angry" sign
Google employees fill Harry Bridges Plaza in front of the Ferry Building during a strip on Thursday in San Francisco
Google employees march along the Embarcadero in San Francisco on Thursday
While the mass protest took place on the West Coast, Google employees gathered in San Francisco Bay, home of Mountain View, and in Los Angeles to protest against corporate culture.
Just before noon in Los Angeles, near Google Beach, Venice Beach, about 150 people were in the raging heat, as the temperatures were warmer than in direct sunlight.
The demonstrators were gathered in a courtyard of the Google office behind a large fence.
An employee at a microphone spoke with the crowd and encouraged those who wanted to speak to speak.
The woman said that the company has many women in it and the group would look for them.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Just before noon in Los Angeles, near Google Beach, Venice Beach, about 150 people were in the raging heat, as the temperatures were warmer than in direct sunlight
An employee at the microphone spoke to the crowd and encouraged those who wanted to do their turn to talk at the Google office in Venice, California
Google employees in Venice, California, gathered in a courtyard of the Google office behind a large fence when a co-worker said the company had many wives in it and the group was looking for them
Thursday's training could be a sign that a significant number of the 94,000 employees working for Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc. are not convinced that the company is doing enough to keep up with Alphabet's mantra, and asks all employees to "do the right thing."
A Silicon Valley congresswoman tweeted her support for the Google walkout with the #MeToo hashtag, which now stands for a global move to tackle sexual misconduct.
"Why do you think it's okay to reward perpetrators and hurt other victims?" Asked Representative Jackie Speier, who represents a wealthy district where many of Google's employees live.
Rubin said he has no knowledge of investigations into alleged sexual misconduct committed by Google at the time of his departure.
Google employees are gathering in a courtyard as they take a trip across Lake Washington on Thursday from their workspace on the Google campus in Kirkland, Washington, about 11 miles from the city of Seattle
Google employees in Seattle, Washington wear signs saying "No one is free when others are oppressed" and "Has the payoff been worth it?" During the global strike on Thursday
Alice Lemieux (right) turns to other Google employees for protesting alleged abuses of sexual abuse for executives on Thursday in Seattle, Washington
A Seattle-based Google employee holds a sign saying "#GoogleWalkout" during a protest Thursday in Seattle
Rubin said he has no knowledge of investigations into alleged sexual misconduct committed by Google at the time of his departure
Ruby tweeted on October 25:
"The New York Times history contains many inaccuracies about my employment with Google and wild exaggerations about my compensation.
"More specifically, I have never forced a woman to have sex in a hotel room. These false accusations are part of a smear campaign to despise me during a divorce and custody battle.
"And I'm deeply worried that anonymous Google executives are commenting on my personal file and misrepresenting the facts."
Google employees are being taken out of work here in protest against the corporate culture of the technology company in Chicago
Google Inc. employees strike when they call for a secure job outside Kendall Square MBTA Station in Cambridge, Massachusetts
A Silicon Valley congresswoman tweeted her support for the Google walkout with the #MeToo hashtag, which now stands for a global move to tackle sexual misconduct. Google employees who traveled to Cambridge on Thursday wear a sign with the name of their "Walkout for Real Change" demonstration.
Google employees in Cambridge, Massachusetts carry signs saying "Safe Workplace" and "Workers' Rights Are Women's Rights" during the global demonstration against the company's handling of sexual assault claims on Thursday
Allegations that Rubin reported to Rubin prior to his resignation sparked this protest in part, thanks to a report in the New York Times in which several men on Google were accused of inappropriate behavior in the workplace. Demonstrations by Google employees are shown in Cambridge, Massachusetts
A Google employee who went out in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has a sign saying "I support a non-hostile workplace."
During a walkout, employees hear a colleague Natasha Ross (left) calling for a secure job in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Thursday
Ross (with megaphone) talks to a secure workplace in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Thursday with her colleagues at Google
Despite Rubin's refusals, the global strike took place on Thursday. Google protesters in New York saw only signs saying, "Justice means always keeping the change" and "OK, Google Really?"
Another protester wore a piece of paper saying, "OK, google, set a time for" Up "when they leave the Chelsea office building on 8th Avenue.
The same story that published the claims against Rubin also revealed allegations of sexual misconduct by other executives, including Richard DeVaul, a director in the same Google-connected lab, who created far-reaching projects such as self-driving cars and balloons for the Internet.
DeVaul had stayed in the "X" lab after suspected sexual misconduct had surfaced in 2013. He claimed that he told an applicant that he and his wife were polyamorous, and invited them to an interview on Burning Man, a Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada, and is known for nudity and drug use.
DeVaul resigned on Tuesday without compensation and apologized for a "mistake" in a statement.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Google-Mitarbeiter gehen aus Protest gegen die nachsichtige Behandlung von Führungskräften, die am Donnerstag in New York wegen sexuellen Fehlverhaltens beschuldigt wurden
Dieselbe Geschichte, in der die Ansprüche gegen Rubin veröffentlicht wurden, enthüllte auch Behauptungen über sexuelles Fehlverhalten von anderen Führungskräften, darunter Richard DeVaul, ein Direktor des gleichen Google-angeschlossenen Labors, das weitreichende Projekte wie selbstfahrende Autos und Ballons für das Internet kreierte; Demonstrationen von Google-Mitarbeitern nehmen am Donnerstag in New York teil
Eine riesige Gruppe von New Yorker Google-Arbeitern steht draußen in einem 14. Straßenpark, nachdem sie am Donnerstag im Rahmen eines weltweiten Protestes über Arbeitsplatzprobleme gegangen waren
Das Publikum aus dem New Yorker Google Walkout bestand aus einer vielfältigen Mischung von Männern und Frauen, die am Donnerstag in Solidarität standen
Demonstranten von Google gingen durch einen Bogen in einem 14. Street Park in New York City, um sich während ihres Streiks am Donnerstag zu versammeln
Eine Frau in New York trug ein Schild mit der Aufschrift "Respekt vor der Existenz oder erwarten Sie Widerstand" während des Google-Streiks am Donnerstag
Eine große Menschenmenge versammelt sich in einem Park in der 14th Street, nachdem er am Donnerstag die Google-Büros in New York verlassen hatte
Ein New Yorker, der ein „Not OK Google“ -Symbol trägt, nimmt am Donnerstag am Google-Mitarbeiter-Streifzug durch die Bürokultur teil
Google-Mitarbeiter protestierten in New York mit Schildern mit der Aufschrift "Eigenkapital bedeutet, immer die Änderung beizubehalten"
Google employees in New York are shown at the start of their walkout, which kicked off at 11.10am Eastern time on Thursday
The crowd of fed-up New York Google employees are shown crossing the street aware from the office on Thursday
A long line of Google employee protesters line the sidewalk as they left work on Thursday at 11.10am local time in New York
Google employees stage a walkout on Thursday in New York, over sexual harassment within the organization
Women participating in New York’s Google walkout carried signs that read, ‘Worker’s rights are women’s rights’ and ‘Time’s up tech’ during the global walkout on Thursday, protesting the company’s protection of executives accused of sexual assault
The sidewalk in New York is completely filled with Google employees leaving the office to participate in the global protest
A New York Google employee carries a sign that reads, ‘Real change means that everyone is accountable’ on Thursday
A New York Google employee carries a sign that says, ‘OK, Google Really?’ while walking out in the global protest on Thursday
Another protester carried a piece of paper with the words, ‘OK, Google Set a time for ‘Up,” as they walked out of the office building located in Chelsea on 8th Avenue in New York
A few New York Google employees trickle out of the office on Thursday during the global walkout protest
A female Google employee walks out of the office with a look of sadness on her face during Thursday’s walkout
A New York Google employee carries a sign reading, ’90 million reasons for change’ during the walkout on Thursday
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said in an email: ‘In the last two years, 48 people have been terminated for sexual harassment, including 13 who were senior managers and above;’ Pichai is seen here speaking at the New York Times DealBook conference on Thursday in New York City
The story also named former senior vice president Amit Singhal, who was accused in 2015 of groping an employee at an off-site event attended by many Google colleagues.
The company investigated the claim and found it to be credible.
Singhal was not fired, but was instead allowed to resign and given millions of dollars in an exit package that included a non-compete agreement.
Singhal’s public explanation for his departure came in the form of a blog post from February 2016, which said hewanted to focus more on philanthropy and his family.
In response to the Times story, Pichai and Eileen Naughton, VP people operations, sent a memo to employees, which read in part:
‘In the last two years, 48 people have been terminated for sexual harassment, including 13 who were senior managers and above. None of these individuals received an exit package.’
In the joint memo, Pichai said he found the revelations ‘difficult to read.’
Pichai said on Thursday at the DealBook confernce that Google is ‘a different place’ than it has been in years past, and now the company has ‘drawn a very hard line’ on the kind of inappropriate behavior that has been reported in recent years.
He noted, however, that ‘moments like this show we didn’t always do it right.’
‘Sexual harassment is a societal problem and Google is a large company,’ he said. ‘We are definitely doing our best.’
A Google employee reads from a list of accounts from other employees during a walkout in Toronto on Thursday
The crowd listens intently to accounts from other employees during a walkout in Toronto on Thursday
Google employees came out in the rain to protest against mishandling of sexual misconduct in a walkout in Toronto
Google employees gather under a tree as others read from a list of personal accounts during a walkout in Toronto on Thursday
Google employees around the world walked off the job Thursday in a protest against what they said is the tech company’s mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives
Google employees return to the company’s office in Canada following a walkout in Toronto on Thursday
But one Google employee, who wished to remain anonymous, told BuzzFeed News:
‘Personally, I’m furious. I feel like there’s a pattern of powerful men getting away with awful behavior towards women at Google’ or if they don’t get away with it, they get a slap on the wrist, or they get sent away with a golden parachute, like Andy Rubin.
‘And it’s a leadership of mostly men making the decisions about what kind of consequences to give, or not give.’
Google employees at its European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, join others from around the world walking out of their offices in protest over claims of sexual harassment, gender inequality and systemic racism at the company
A Silicon Valley congresswoman tweeted her support of the Google walkout using the hashtag ‘#MeToo’ that is now synonymous with a global movement for fighting sexual misconduct; Google employees walk out of its European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday
Thursday’s workout could signal that a significant number of the 94,000 employees working for Google and its corporate parent Alphabet Inc. remained unconvinced the company is doing enough to adhere to Alphabet’s own mantra, urging all employees to ‘do the right thing;’ Google employees are shown walking out in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday
Following Rubin leaving Google four years ago in 2014 to create Playground Global, a sexual assault claim was reported to Google’s human resources department and subsequently an investigation was opened; Employees are seen here staging for their walkout outside of Google offices in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday
Men and women walk out of the Dublin, Ireland Google office on Thursday in protest of the handling of sexual assault claims
Walkout organizers said they have presented petitions and demanded stricter employee oversights to management, while some even left their positions at the company as way to express their disapproval.
The company executives said Google has taken an ‘increasingly hard line’ on misconduct by senior managers and offered employees avenues to report harassment anonymously.
‘We are committed to ensuring that Google is a workplace where you can feel safe to do your best work, and where there are serious consequences for anyone who behaves inappropriately,’ the memo read.
Google said that none of the nearly 50 people fired for sexual harassment in the past two years got an exit package; Employees are shown here walking out of the Google office in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday in protest over claims of sexual harassment, gender inequality and systemic racism at the tech giant
A man wearing a Google slogan T-shirt that reads ‘don’t be evil’ hands out doughnuts to workers standing outside Google’s European headquarters after they walked out as part of a global protest over workplace issues, in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday
People embrace outside of the Google European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, during the protest over claims of sexual harassment, gender inequality and systemic racism at the tech giant
A crowd of people smiles in Dubin, Ireland, during the mass walk out of Google employees on Thursday
People in orange vests are seen standing among the crowd, as photographers document the Google walkout in Dublin
‘And it’s a leadership of mostly men making the decisions about what kind of consequences to give, or not give,’ an anonymous Google employee told Buzzfeed News; A walkout from Google is shown in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday
Rubin left Google four years ago in 2014 to create Playground Global, an incubator for hardware startups.
Shortly before his exit, a claim accusing Rubin of coercing a woman into performing oral sex in a hotel room in 2013 was reported to Google’s human resources department and an investigation was opened.
Just a few weeks into the investigation, Rubin was given an additional stock package of $150million in September of 2014.
According to the Times, that stock package was unusually high by Google’s standards.
Eventually, Google officials found the woman’s claim to be credible.
A Google employee told Buzzfeed News: ‘I feel like there’s a pattern of powerful men getting away with awful behavior towards women at Google’ or if they don’t get away with it, they get a slap on the wrist, or they get sent away with a golden parachute, like Andy Rubin;’ Employee protestors are shown here walking out of Google in Zurich, Switzerland
Organizers said they have presented petitions and demanded stricter employee oversights to management, while some even left their positions at the company as way to express their disapproval; The Google offices in Granary Square, London are shown here, where members of staff staged a walkout as a part of a protest over the company’s treatment
Employees are seen here outside of Google’s office in London, ahead of their walkout on Thursday
Google executives said the company has taken an ‘increasingly hard line’ on misconduct by senior managers; Employees are shown in London on Thursday before their walk out in protest of the handling of such claims
A woman wears a shirt that reads, ‘ Women need more sleep than men because fighting the patriarchy is exhausting’
London Google employees wait outside during the time leading up to a walkout in protest of company culture on Thursday
Google employees stand together outside of the company’s office int he United Kingdom on Thursday
Rubin was later asked to resign by Google’s co-founder, Larry Page, which he did in October of 2014.
But Page, who was chief executive of Google at the time, praised Rubin upon his departure.
‘I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next,’ Page said. ‘With Android he created something truly remarkable — with a billion-plus happy users.’
And despite the credible claim, Rubin was reportedly paid the $90million exit package in the form of monthly payments ranging from $1.25million to $2.5million over the course of four years.
A large crowd is formed with people carrying umbrellas and braving the weather to walk out of Google in London on Thursday
A woman is seen talking on her phone as people talk and mingle preparing for the Google walkout in London on Thursday
Rubin is accused of coercing the woman into performing oral sex in a hotel room in 2013; Google staff are shown walking out at the company’s UK headquarters in London on Thursday
People are shown wearing jackets as they leave the Google office in London in protest over how the company handles claims of sexual misconduct within the organization
London Google employees walk about outside of the office, in the midst of the walkout to protest company culture
London Google employees check their phones and converse during the walkout held at the England office on Thursday
Rubin was also loaned $14 million in 2012 by Google to purchase a luxurious seaside villa in Japan (shown)
People briefed on the transaction said the loan for the estate was offered at an interest rate of less than one percent
The terms of the separation agreement precluded Rubin from working for Google’s rivals or disparaging the company in public.
The agreement also delayed repayment of the $14 million loan Rubin obtained from Google, which he used to buy a seaside Japanese villa, which was already offered at the incredibly low interest rate of less than one percent.
The same villa, which is less than 90 minutes from Tokyo and is referred to as Galleria Cost, was listed for rent 126 days ago.
According to the Times, Rubin’s ex-wife, Rie, filed a civil suit this month.
In the suit, she claimed he had multiple ‘ownership relationships’ with other women during their marriage and paid the women hundreds of thousands of dollars. They finalized their divorce in August.
The same villa, which is less than 90 minutes from Tokyo and is referred to as Galleria Cost, was listed for rent 126 days ago
Google Chief Executive’s response to sexual misconduct revelations
Today’s story in the New York Times was difficult to read.
We are dead serious about making sure we provide a safe and inclusive workplace. We want to assure you that we review every single complaint about sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct, we investigate and we take action.
In recent years, we’ve made a number of changes, including taking an increasingly hard line on inappropriate conduct by people in positions of authority: in the last two years, 48 people have been terminated for sexual harassment, including 13 who were senior managers and above. None of these individuals received an exit package.
In 2015, we launched Respect@ and our annual Internal Investigations Report to provide transparency about these types of investigations at Google. Because we know that reporting harassment can be traumatic, we provide confidential channels to share any inappropriate behavior you experience or see. We support and respect those who have spoken out. You can find many ways to do this at go/saysomething. You can make a report anonymously if you wish.
We’ve also updated our policy to require all VPs and SVPs to disclose any relationship with a co-worker regardless of reporting line or presence of conflict.
We are committed to ensuring that Google is a workplace where you can feel safe to do your best work, and where there are serious consequences for anyone who behaves inappropriately.
Sundar and Eileen
A screenshot of an August 2015 email Rubin reportedly sent to one woman was also included in the suit.
‘You will be happy being taken care of,’ he wrote, according to the Times. ‘Being owned is kinda like you are my property, and I can loan you to other people.’
A spokesperson for Rubin said he denied any misconduct and he had not been made aware of the claims when he left in 2014.