Claire Stapleton helped organize an international Google Walkout.
“This is about people rising up, standing together, and asking for fundamental things: fairness, justice, respect,” she stated
Google employees are protesting harassment, racism, and discrimination within the company.
“This isn’t just about sexual misconduct, sexual harassment. This is about our fundamental experience as women, people of color,” she stated. “The many ways, the many stories that we have, of times where we felt disrespected, or diminished, where we felt unsafe.”
Google covered up credible sexual harassment allegations against at least three of its male executives over the past decade.
More than ⅔ of Google offices worldwide joined the walkout, organizers say. Seven women organizers also drew up a list of demands for the company to establish equal pay and opportunities for all, provide transparent and public sexual harassment reports, and establish a clear and anonymous process.
“I think that what we’ve learned is that banding together we have incredible power and people really listen,” Stapleton said. “We only started planning this over the weekend. Here we are today, with thousands of Googlers around the world, joining in solidarity.”
Google has said it takes harassment allegations seriously and has fired 48 employees in the past two years for sexual misconduct, without offering exit pay. Google CEO Sundar Pichai says he supports the protests.