“Hundreds of Google employees reportedly plan to walk out of the company this week in protest of the CEO’s response to a report the company allegedly protected executives accused of sexual misconduct,” The New York Post reports. “The protest — in which employees reportedly plan to leave their desks at the same time — could happen Thursday, according to Bloomberg.”
BuzzFeed News initially reported that more than 200 Google engineers planned to take part in the protest.
“Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed in an email to employees Thursday that Google fired 48 people, including management, for sexual harassment over the last two years,” The Post reports. “The email, also signed by Eileen Naughton, vice president of people operations, was sent in response to a New York Times report that alleged the company rewarded Android creator Andy Rubin with a $90 million exit package after he was accused of sexual misconduct by an employee. Rubin vehemently denied the allegations on Twitter, claiming the newspaper’s report was a ‘smear campaign.’”
The Post adds: “Pichai said Google has made several changes in recent years that included firing dozens of people for sexual harassment, ‘including 13 who were senior managers and above.’ None of those included in that number received an exit package from Google, he said.”