Staff at Google offices across the world, including its New York building, have walked out in a series of unprecedented protests against the company’s treatment of women.
Pictures have been shared on social media of employees taking part in Dublin, London and Zurich. The first walkout was at Google’s Singapore office.
The staff are demanding a change to how sexual misconduct allegations are handled at the company.
In an unsigned statement, the Google protesters called for an end to forced arbitration in harassment and discrimination cases, a practice that requires employees to give up their right to sue and often includes confidentiality agreements.
Besides being angry about what they contend has been lenient handling of executives who mistreat women, the protest organizers demanded more aggressive steps for gender pay equity and more inclusive hiring practices to reduce the high concentration of white and Asian men in the industry’s best-paying programming jobs.