Google workers walk out amid sexual misconduct claims


Around 1,500 Google workers in offices around the world are set to walk out in protest over the treatment of women at the company.

The walkout, dubbed Walkout For Real Change, comes a week after the New York Times published a number of allegations surrounding high-profile workers at the company.

In response to the story, Google CEO Sundar Pichai had sent a company-wide email to apologise for “past actions” by former employees and the response to them.

“I understand the anger and disappointment that many of you feel,” Pichai wrote, adding: “I feel it as well, and I am fully committed to making progress on an issue that has persisted for far too long in our society. And, yes, here at Google, too.”

The employees are demanding several key changes in how sexual misconduct allegations are dealt with at the firm, including a call to end forced arbitration.