Guwahati: In a strong blow to the American multinational technology company Google, hundreds of employees of the company are ready to walk off from their job as a protest to the lenient action of the executives towards the ones guilty of sexual misconduct.
At a time when the whole world is trolling over the issue of sexual misconduct against male or female counterparts, Google employees too have decided to raise their voice together against sexual exploitation. It has often been seen that the subordinates in a profession, whether it is business, entertainment and politics, are often being harassed, both mentally and physically and a stern action by the harassed and his/her supporters is a must in order to keep a check on this mounting crime.
The Google protest, entitled, “Walkout For Real Change,” has taken place after a New York Times story detailed allegations of sexual misconduct about the creator of the Android software, Andy Rubin. It is the same story that unveiled the dark faces of other executives of the company which includes Richard DeVaul, a director at the same Google-affiliated lab. Although, Mr. DeVaul remained hidden at the “X” lab after allegations of sexual misconduct, but later gave his resignation on Tuesday.
For the recent incidents of sexual misconduct of the executives of Google coming into light, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has apologized on behalf of the employees. Pichai chose to send an email to his employees on Tuesday wherein he stated, “I understand the anger and disappointment that many of you feel. 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.”
However, this email had no mention of the incidents involving Rubin, DeVaul or anyone else. Rather Mr. Pichai and Google’s executive in charge of personnel issues, Eileen Naughton, sought to reassure the workers that since Rubin’s departure four years ago, the company has cracked down on sexual misconduct. They have also disclosed it to the employees that 48 employees, including 13 senior managers have so long been fired by Google on charges of sexual misconduct.
But the latest action taken by the employees on Thursday reveals that a significant number of the 94,000 employees are not yet convinced with the email sent by the CEO. Even Silicon Valley congresswoman too has tweeted her support of the Google walkout and used the “metoo” hashtag in her Twitter account.