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Google Employees Walks Out (Google Walkout)


Perhaps this is the largest employee walkout ever in a single company as Google employees from across the global stage the Google Walkout.  The walkout is made to demand greater equality and fair handling of complaints especially sexual harassment issues.

Google Walkout Demands


This is a pretty huge number and might go to more than five thousand people.  Here is the list of demands that they are asking:

An end to Forced Arbitration in cases of harassment and discrimination for all current and future employees, along with a right for every Google worker to bring a co-worker, representative, or supporter of their choosing when meeting with HR, especially when filing a harassment claim.
A commitment to end pay and opportunity inequity, for example making sure there are women of color at all levels of the organization, and accountability for not meeting this commitment. This must be accompanied by transparent data on the gender, race and ethnicity compensation gap, across both level and years of industry experience, accessible to all Google and Alphabet employees and contractors. Such data must include, but not be limited limited to: information on relative promotion rates, under-leveling at hire, the handling of leaves, and inequity in project and job ladder change opportunities. The methods by which such data was collected and the techniques by which it was analyzed and aggregated must also be transparent.

A publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report, including: the number of harassment claims at Google over time and by product area; the types of claims submitted; how many victims and accused have left Google; any exit packages and their worth.

A clear, uniform, globally inclusive process for reporting sexual misconduct safely and anonymously. The process today is not working, in no small part because HRs’ performance is assessed by senior management and directors, forcing them to put management’s interests ahead of employees reporting harassment and discrimination. The improved process should also be accessible to all: full-time employees, temporary employees, vendors, and contractors alike. Accountability, safety and an ability to report unsafe working conditions should not be dictated by employment status.

Promote the Chief Diversity Officer to answer directly to the CEO and make recommendations directly to the Board of Directors. In addition, appoint an Employee Representative to the Board. Both the CDO and the Employee Representative should help allocate permanent resources for demands 1-4 and other equity efforts, ensure accountability to these demands, and propose changes when equity goals are not met.


Future of Google and Other Companies

This huge historical walkout will create a precedent for other tech companies and even more companies big or small to think about their policies.  It is a time when the issue about gender discrimination and equality is at its apex.

What do you think of the Google Walkout?  Do you think their demands should be implemented as a standard of all companies worldwide?


Reference:  "We’re the Organizers of the Google Walkout. Here Are Our Demands"


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