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Worldwide Google walkout over sexual harassment, racism and pay inequality

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More than 1,000 Google employees and contractors in Asia and Europe staged brief midday walkouts on Thursday, with more expected to follow at offices worldwide, amid complaints of sexism, racism and unchecked executive power in their workplaces.

In a statement late Wednesday, the organizers called on Google parent Alphabet Inc. to add an employee representative to its board of directors and to internally share pay equity data. They also asked for changes to Google’s human resources practices intended to make bringing harassment claims a fairer process.

Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said in a statement that “employees have raised constructive ideas” and that the company was “taking in all their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action.”

Hundreds of workers filed out of its European headquarters in Dublin shortly after 11 a.m. local time, while organizers shared photographs on social media of hundreds more leaving Google offices in London, Zurich, Berlin, Tokyo and Singapore. (Reuters)

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Workers leave Google’s Mountain View, Calif., main quad on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, after some Google employees walked off the job Thursday in a protest against what they said is the tech company’s mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)


A person takes a photograph of an Android statue displaying a sign that reads “Walkout For Real Change” during a protest outside Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images


Google employees hold signs during a walkout to protest how the tech giant handled sexual misconduct in Mountain View, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images


Google employees stage a “women’s walkout” at their Googleplex offices in protest over the company’s handling of a large payout to Android chief Andy Rubin as well as concerns over several other managers who had allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct at the company in Mountain View, Calif., Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Stephen Lam/Reuters)


Google employee Kiwoba Allaire protests against Google’s handling of sexual misconduct claims on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Mountain View, Calif. Allaire joined hundreds of workers who walked out of Google headquarters. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)


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Google employees hold signs during a walkout to protest how the tech giant handled sexual misconduct in Mountain View, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images


Google employees fill Harry Bridges Plaza in front of the Ferry Building during a walkout Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in San Francisco. (Photo: Eric Risberg/AP)


Workers walk outside the Google offices after walking out as part of a global protest over workplace issues in New York, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Jeenah Moon/Reuters)


Workers hold signs outside 14th Street Park across the Google offices after walking out as part of a global protest over workplace issues in New York, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Jeenah Moon/Reuters)


Workers leave outside 14th Street Park across the Google offices after walking out as part of a global protest over workplace issues in New York, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Jeenah Moon/Reuters)


A workers holds a sign outside 14th Street Park across the Google offices after walking out as part of a global protest over workplace issues in New York, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Jeenah Moon/Reuters)


Workers gather outside Google’s European headquarters after walking out as part of a global protest over workplace issues, in Dublin, Ireland, on Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters)


Google employees return to the company’s office following a walkout in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)


People gather next to the Google office to attend the Google Walkout in Zurich, Switzerland, Nov. 1, 2018, in this picture obtained from social media. (Photo: @GOOGLEWALKOUT via Twitter & Twitter @TEDONPRIVACY via Twitter/Handout via Reuters)


Google employees stage a walkout on Nov.1, 2018, in New York, over sexual harassment. (Photo: Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images)


Google employees gather in a common area to attend the Google Walkout in Singapore, Nov. 1, 2018, in this picture obtained from social media. (Photo: @GOOGLEWALKOUT/Handout via Reuters)


Google employee reads from a list of personal accounts from other Google employees during a walkout in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)


Google employees walk off the job to protest the internet company’s lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in New York. (Photo: Bebeto Matthews/AP)


Google offices in Granary Square, London, where some staff staged a walkout as a part of a protest over the company’s treatment of women on Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)


Google employees at its European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, join others from around the world walking out of their offices in protest over claims of sexual harassment, gender inequality and systemic racism at the tech giant on Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images)


A man wearing a Google slogan T-shirt hands out doughnuts to workers standing outside Google’s European headquarters after they walked out as part of a global protest over workplace issues, in Dublin, Ireland, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters)


Google employees outside its European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, on Nov. 1, 2018. Hundreds of Google engineers and other workers walked off the job Thursday morning to protest the internet company’€™s treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct. Employees were seen staging walkouts at offices in Tokyo, Singapore, London and Dublin. (Photo: Niall Carson/PA via AP)


Google staff stage a walkout at the company’s UK headquarters in London on Nov. 1, 2018 as part of a global campaign over the US tech giant’s handling of sexual harassment. (Photo: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images)


Google staff stage a walkout at the company’s UK headquarters in London on Nov. 1, 2018 as part of a global campaign over the U.S. tech giant’s handling of sexual harassment. (Photo: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images)


A woman takes a mobile phone picture of workers standing outside Google’s European headquarters after walking out as part of a global protest over workplace issues, in Dublin, Ireland, Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters)


Google employees outside its European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, on Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Niall Carson/PA via AP)


Workers gather outside the Google offices after walking out as part of a global protest over workplace issues in London on Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: oby Melville/Reuters)


The Google offices in Granary Square, London, on Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)


People outside the Google offices in Granary Sqaure, London, on Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)