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#MeToo Movement: Google Employees Across the World Stage a Protest

Tech | Associated Press | November 2, 2018, 5:13 pm
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 Carrying signs that included a mocking use of the company's original

Carrying signs that included a mocking use of the company's original "Don't be evil" motto, thousands of Google employees around the world briefly walked off the job on November 1 to protest what they said was the tech giant's mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives. (Image: AP)

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 From Tokyo, Singapore and London to New York, Seattle and San Francisco, highly paid engineers and other workers staged walkouts of about an hour, reflecting rising #MeToo-era frustration among women over frat-house behavior and other misconduct in heavily male Silicon Valley. (Image: AP)

From Tokyo, Singapore and London to New York, Seattle and San Francisco, highly paid engineers and other workers staged walkouts of about an hour, reflecting rising #MeToo-era frustration among women over frat-house behavior and other misconduct in heavily male Silicon Valley. (Image: AP)

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 Organizers used megaphones to address the outdoor crowd of men and women, while in other places, workers gathered in packed conference rooms or lobbies. (Image: AP)

Organizers used megaphones to address the outdoor crowd of men and women, while in other places, workers gathered in packed conference rooms or lobbies. (Image: AP)

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 Tanuja Gupta, programming director at Google, addresses hundreds of Google employees during a protest rally in New York. (Image: AP)

Tanuja Gupta, programming director at Google, addresses hundreds of Google employees during a protest rally in New York. (Image: AP)

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 In New York, there appeared to be as many men as women out in the streets, while in Cambridge, Massachusetts, men outnumbered women by perhaps 6 to 1. (Image: AP)

In New York, there appeared to be as many men as women out in the streets, while in Cambridge, Massachusetts, men outnumbered women by perhaps 6 to 1. (Image: AP)

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 About 1,000 Google workers in San Francisco swarmed into a plaza in front of the city's historic Ferry Building, chanting,

About 1,000 Google workers in San Francisco swarmed into a plaza in front of the city's historic Ferry Building, chanting, "Women's rights are workers' rights!" Thousands turned out at Google's Mountain View, California, headquarters. (Image: AP)

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 The demonstrations reflected a sense among some of the 94,000 employees at Google. (Image: AP)

The demonstrations reflected a sense among some of the 94,000 employees at Google. (Image: AP)

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 The protests unfolded a week after The New York Times detailed allegations of sexual misconduct about the creator of Google's Android software, Andy Rubin. (Image: AP)

The protests unfolded a week after The New York Times detailed allegations of sexual misconduct about the creator of Google's Android software, Andy Rubin. (Image: AP)

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 Women account for 31 percent of Google's employees worldwide, and it's lower for leadership roles. The numbers are similar elsewhere in Silicon Valley. (Image: AP)

Women account for 31 percent of Google's employees worldwide, and it's lower for leadership roles. The numbers are similar elsewhere in Silicon Valley. (Image: AP)

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 The protests at Google are the latest sign that frustrations among women are reaching a boiling point, said Stephanie Creary, a professor who specializes in workplace and diversity issues at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. (Image: AP)

The protests at Google are the latest sign that frustrations among women are reaching a boiling point, said Stephanie Creary, a professor who specializes in workplace and diversity issues at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. (Image: AP)

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 Google's CEO assured employees earlier this week that the company would support them in their protest. He also apologized for Google's

Google's CEO assured employees earlier this week that the company would support them in their protest. He also apologized for Google's "past actions." (Image: AP)

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 More than 1,000 Google employees signed a letter protesting the company's plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship rules. (Image: AP)

More than 1,000 Google employees signed a letter protesting the company's plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship rules. (Image: AP)

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 And thousands signed a petitio asking Google to cancel an artificial-intelligence protect to help the Pentagon improve the targeting of drone strikes. (Image: AP)

And thousands signed a petitio asking Google to cancel an artificial-intelligence protect to help the Pentagon improve the targeting of drone strikes. (Image: AP)

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 Google employees return to the company's office following a walkout in Toronto. (Image: AP)

Google employees return to the company's office following a walkout in Toronto. (Image: AP)

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 Google employees, who walked off the job to protest the internet company's lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct, listen to speakers during a protest rally in New York. (Image: AP)

Google employees, who walked off the job to protest the internet company's lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct, listen to speakers during a protest rally in New York. (Image: AP)

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 Google employees, who walked off the job to protest the internet company's lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct, leave after holding a protest rally in New York. (Image: AP)

Google employees, who walked off the job to protest the internet company's lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct, leave after holding a protest rally in New York. (Image: AP)

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 Google employees, who walked off the job to protest the internet company's lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct, leave after attending a protest rally in New York. (Image: AP)

Google employees, who walked off the job to protest the internet company's lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct, leave after attending a protest rally in New York. (Image: AP)

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 Employees at Google walk out of their workplace in Chicago. (Image: AP)

Employees at Google walk out of their workplace in Chicago. (Image: AP)

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 Google employees walk off the job in a protest against what they said is the tech company's mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives in New York. (Image: AP)

Google employees walk off the job in a protest against what they said is the tech company's mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives in New York. (Image: AP)

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 A Google employee holds a sign reading

A Google employee holds a sign reading "Don't be evil" as employees walk off the job in a protest against what they said is the tech company's mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives in New York. (Image: AP)

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 Google employees hold up signs during a walkout rally at Harry Bridges Plaza in San Francisco. (Image: AP)

Google employees hold up signs during a walkout rally at Harry Bridges Plaza in San Francisco. (Image: AP)

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 Google employees hold up signs during a walkout rally at Harry Bridges Plaza in San Francisco. (Image: AP)

Google employees hold up signs during a walkout rally at Harry Bridges Plaza in San Francisco. (Image: AP)

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 Google employee Kiwoba Allaire protests against Google's handling of sexual misconduct claims on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Mountain View. (Image: AP)

Google employee Kiwoba Allaire protests against Google's handling of sexual misconduct claims on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Mountain View. (Image: AP)

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 A woman holds a megaphone and a sign that reads

A woman holds a megaphone and a sign that reads "We'll Quit for $90 Million," after taking part in a walkout with other Google employees from their jobs at the Google campus in Kirkland. (Image: AP)

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 Alice Lemieux addresses fellow Google employees as they take part in a protest against what they said is the tech company's mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives in Seattle. (Image: AP)

Alice Lemieux addresses fellow Google employees as they take part in a protest against what they said is the tech company's mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives in Seattle. (Image: AP)

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