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The Latest: Google employees walk off job, share demands

NEW YORK (AP)/(WJBF) - Google employees who staged a global walkout Thursday are the most visible example of a surprising trend: highly paid engineers emerging from their comfortable bubbles to speak out.

Elite technology employees have been stirring and in some cases organizing for much of the past two years. It started with internal workplace meetings and message boards, then signed protest letters and ultimately in company walkouts.
  


These workers have demanded changes such as better handling of workplace sexual harassment and discrimination, corporate opposition to the Trump administration's travel ban, and the rejection of government contracts they believe amount to misuse of the products they're helping to build and sell.
  
Such a revolt would have been unthinkable just a few years ago, prior to the election of President Donald Trump.

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(WJBF) - The Me-Too movement is hitting Google. 

Hundreds of employees at the tech giant's office near Seattle walked out of work in protest Thursday, Nov. 1st. 

Organizers demand changes largely centered around how the organization treats women. 

Among those demands are a commitment to end pay inequity, sexual harassment reporting transparency, and to end forced arbitration in discrimination cases. 

Organizers describe the culture at the company as "destructive."

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Latest on Google employee walkout (all times local):
  
8 a.m.
  
Google workers walking out of their jobs over the company's handling of sexual-misconduct claims are sharing a list of demands.
  
The organizers are calling for an end to forced arbitration in cases of harassment and discrimination.
  
They also want Google to commit to ending pay inequity and to create a publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report and a clearer process for reporting complaints.
  
Hundreds of Google engineers and other employees began walking out of their offices Thursday morning starting in Asia and Europe.
  
The protests are set to continue in U.S. offices after 11 a.m. local time in each location.
  
The organizers say Google has publicly championed diversity and inclusion but hasn't done enough substantive actions.
  


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Wednesday 10 p.m.
  
Hundreds of Google engineers and other workers are expected to walk off the job Thursday morning to protest the internet company's lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct.
  
It is the latest expression of a backlash against men's exploitation of female subordinates in a business, entertainment and politics. In Silicon Valley, women also are becoming fed up with the male-dominated composition of the technology industry's workforce - a glaring imbalance that critics say fosters unsavory behavior.
  
A week ago, a New York Times story detailed allegations of sexual misconduct against the creator of Google's Android software, Andy Rubin. The report said Rubin received a $90 million severance package in 2014 even though Google thought the allegations were credible. Rubin has denied the allegations.

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11/1/2018 10:59:45 AM (GMT -4:00)


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