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Thousands of Google staff around the globe stage mass #MeToo walkout over tech giant's 90M payout to sex-pest executive plus a 14M loan to buy a beach estate in Japan

The demonstration on Thursday is the latest in the year-long backlash against exploitation of subordinates across industries
  • Google employees around the globe are walking out to protest the protection of Andy Rubin on Thursday
  • Android mobile software creator Rubin was reportedly given a $90million exit package despite facing misconduct allegations that were reported to the company before her resigned and deemed credible 
  • Rubin is accused of coercing a woman into performing oral sex on him while in a hotel room in 2013
  • Google gave Rubin a $14 million loan in 2012 to buy a villa in Japan, at an interest rate of less than one percent
  • Google has fired 48 people over sexual harassment claims in the last two years, including 13 senior people
  • Walkout organizers said they presented petitions to management and demanded stricter employee oversight
  •  Some workers even left their positions at Google in protest over the culture at the mostly-male led company
Google employees across the globe are taking part in a mass walkout in protest over the company's protection of Android mobile software creator, Andy Rubin (pictured in New York in June), who has been accused of sexual assault allegations 

Google employees across the globe are taking part in a mass walkout in protest over the company's protection of Android mobile software creator, Andy Rubin (pictured in New York in June), who has been accused of sexual assault allegations 

Google employees around the globe are taking part in a mass walkout on Thursday to protest the company's protection of a former executive who has been accused of sexual misconduct.

The Google protest, which has been dubbed the 'Walkout For Real Change,' is scheduled for Thursday at 11.10am local time across the globe, one week after sexual assault allegations against creator of its Android software, Andy Rubin, were first reported by the New York Times.

Rubin denied the allegations in a tweet, saying the article contained 'numerous inaccuracies' and 'wild exaggerations'.  

But Rubin is believed to have received a considerable exit package in 2014, valued at approximately $90 million, and was also loaned $14 million in 2012 to buy a seaside villa in Japan.

People briefed on the transaction said the loan was offered at an interest rate of less than one percent. 

Google X director Richard DeVaul and former senior vice president Amit Singhal were also named in the Times report, as alleged perpetrators of sexual misconduct.

The demonstration on Thursday is the latest expression of a year-long backlash against exploitation of subordinates across all industries.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA 

Rubin is accused of coercing a woman into performing oral sex on him while in a hotel room in 2013; As the mass protest moved to the west coast, Google employees gathered in the San Francisco Bay area outside of Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California

Rubin is accused of coercing a woman into performing oral sex on him while in a hotel room in 2013; As the mass protest moved to the west coast, Google employees gathered in the San Francisco Bay area outside of Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California

The demonstration on Thursday is the latest in the year-long backlash against exploitation of subordinates across industries

The demonstration on Thursday is the latest in the year-long backlash against exploitation of subordinates across industries

Google X director Richard DeVaul and former senior vice president Amit Singhal were also named in the Times report, as alleged perpetrators of sexual misconduct; Thousands of employees are shown after walking out of Google's office in San Francisco, California on Thursday

Google X director Richard DeVaul and former senior vice president Amit Singhal were also named in the Times report, as alleged perpetrators of sexual misconduct; Thousands of employees are shown after walking out of Google's office in San Francisco, California on Thursday

The New York Times report that inspired this day of protest by Google employees came out on October 25, and revealed that Rubin resigned after a woman came to the company to report an alleged sexual assault; Thousands of Google employees are shown outside of the San Francisco Google office during the global walkout on Thursday

The New York Times report that inspired this day of protest by Google employees came out on October 25, and revealed that Rubin resigned after a woman came to the company to report an alleged sexual assault; Thousands of Google employees are shown outside of the San Francisco Google office during the global walkout on Thursday

No mention was made of the accusations against Rubin to the public, and he was praised by executives on this way out in 2014; Google employees are shown outside of the San Francisco Google office during the global walkout on Thursday

No mention was made of the accusations against Rubin to the public, and he was praised by executives on this way out in 2014; Google employees are shown outside of the San Francisco Google office during the global walkout on Thursday

Rubin was also reportedly paid $90 million in an exit package, even though Google wasn't legally required to pay him anything upon his depature; Google employees are seen here as they walk off the job to protest the company's handling of sexual misconduct claims on Thursday at the flagship office in the San Francisco Bar area in Mountain View, California

Rubin was also reportedly paid $90 million in an exit package, even though Google wasn't legally required to pay him anything upon his depature; Google employees are seen here as they walk off the job to protest the company's handling of sexual misconduct claims on Thursday at the flagship office in the San Francisco Bar area in Mountain View, California

Google employees are shown outside of the San Francisco area Google office during the global walkout on Thursday

Google employees are shown outside of the San Francisco area Google office during the global walkout on Thursday

Rubin's promised a $90 million severance package was paid out over time with the last payment scheduled for November; Google employees are shown walking out of work in Mountain View, California to protest Rubin's massive handout despite sexual assault allegations that the company deemed to be credible

Rubin's promised a $90 million severance package was paid out over time with the last payment scheduled for November; Google employees are shown walking out of work in Mountain View, California to protest Rubin's massive handout despite sexual assault allegations that the company deemed to be credible

The San Francisco area was one of the last to join the demonstration which was scheduled to take place across the globe at 11.10am local time at each Google office location on Thursday

The San Francisco area was one of the last to join the demonstration which was scheduled to take place across the globe at 11.10am local time at each Google office location on Thursday

One protester in San Francisco held a sign that read, 'Happy to quit for $90M, no sexual harassment required'

One protester in San Francisco held a sign that read, 'Happy to quit for $90M, no sexual harassment required'

A sea of people fill the main quad on Google's Mountain View campus in the San Francisco Bay area during a walkout that took place at 11.10am local time at global locations of the company's offices on Thursday

A sea of people fill the main quad on Google's Mountain View campus in the San Francisco Bay area during a walkout that took place at 11.10am local time at global locations of the company's offices on Thursday

A San Francisco Bay area Google employee holds a sign that reads, 'Don't be evil. Protect victims, not harassers,' on Thursday

A San Francisco Bay area Google employee holds a sign that reads, 'Don't be evil. Protect victims, not harassers,' on Thursday

Two Google employees face out to a crowd of colleagues in San Francisco on Thursday holding signs that read 'Speak up, speak out' and 'Don't be evil' during a global protest against the handling of sexual misconduct claims

Two Google employees face out to a crowd of colleagues in San Francisco on Thursday holding signs that read 'Speak up, speak out' and 'Don't be evil' during a global protest against the handling of sexual misconduct claims

A Google employee faces out to a crowd of colleagues in San Francisco on Thursday holding a 'Don't be evil' sign

A Google employee faces out to a crowd of colleagues in San Francisco on Thursday holding a 'Don't be evil' sign

Google employees fill Harry Bridges Plaza in front of the Ferry Building during a walkout on Thursday in San Francisco

Google employees fill Harry Bridges Plaza in front of the Ferry Building during a walkout on Thursday in San Francisco

Google employees march down the Embarcadero during a walkout on Thursday in San Francisco

Google employees march down the Embarcadero during a walkout on Thursday in San Francisco

As the mass protest moved to the west coast, Google employees gathered in the San Francisco Bay area where the main headquarters is located in Mountain View, and Los Angeles to protest the company culture. 

Shortly before noon in Los Angeles at Google's Venice Beach location, there were about  150 people standing in the blaring heat, as temperatures felt warmer than reported in direct sunlight.

The protesters there were gathered in a courtyard area at the Google office behind a big fence. 

A female employee on a microphone was speaking to the crowd, encouraging those who wished to have a turn to talk to speak up.  

The woman said the company has a lot of women in it and the group would look out for them. 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 

Shortly before noon in Los Angeles at Google's Venice Beach location, there were about 150 people standing in the blaring heat, as temperatures felt warmer than reported in direct sunlight

Shortly before noon in Los Angeles at Google's Venice Beach location, there were about 150 people standing in the blaring heat, as temperatures felt warmer than reported in direct sunlight

A female employee on a microphone was speaking to the crowd, encouraging those who wished to have a turn to talk to speak up at the Venice, Califorrnia Google office

A female employee on a microphone was speaking to the crowd, encouraging those who wished to have a turn to talk to speak up at the Venice, Califorrnia Google office

The Google employee protesters in Venice, California were gathered in a courtyard area at the Google office behind a big fence as a female co-worker woman said the company has a lot of women in it and the group would look out for them

Thursday's workout could signal that a significant number of the 94,000 employees working for Google and its corporate parent Alphabet Inc. remained unconvinced the company is doing enough to adhere to Alphabet's own mantra, urging all employees to 'do the right thing.' 

A Silicon Valley congresswoman tweeted her support of the Google walkout using the hashtag '#MeToo' that is now synonymous with a global movement for fighting sexual misconduct.

'Why do they think it's OK to reward perpetrators & further violate victims?' asked Representative Jackie Speier, who represents an affluent district where many of Google's employees live.

Rubin tweeted: 'These false allegations are part of a smear campaign to disparage me during a divorce and custody battle.' 

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 

Google employees are shown here walking out of work in Chicago in protest of the tech company's  corporate culture
Google employees are shown here walking out of work in Chicago in protest of the tech company's  corporate culture
Google Inc., employees stage a walkout in their call for a safe workplace outside the Kendall Square MBTA station in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Google Inc., employees stage a walkout in their call for a safe workplace outside the Kendall Square MBTA station in Cambridge, Massachusetts

A Silicon Valley congresswoman tweeted her support of the Google walkout using the hashtag '#MeToo' that is now synonymous with a global movement for fighting sexual misconduct; Google employees walking out in Cambridge on Thursday carry a sign feature the name of their demonstration, 'Walkout for Real Change'

A Silicon Valley congresswoman tweeted her support of the Google walkout using the hashtag '#MeToo' that is now synonymous with a global movement for fighting sexual misconduct; Google employees walking out in Cambridge on Thursday carry a sign feature the name of their demonstration, 'Walkout for Real Change'

Google employees in Cambridge, Massachusetts carry signs that read 'safe workplace' and 'workers rights are women's rights' during the global demonstration against the company's handling of sexual misconduct claims on Thursday

Google employees in Cambridge, Massachusetts carry signs that read 'safe workplace' and 'workers rights are women's rights' during the global demonstration against the company's handling of sexual misconduct claims on Thursday

Allegations that were reported against Rubin to the company before he resigned spurred this protest in part, thanks to a report by the New York Times that named several men at Google who are accused of inappropriate workplace behavior; Google employee protesters are shown in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Allegations that were reported against Rubin to the company before he resigned spurred this protest in part, thanks to a report by the New York Times that named several men at Google who are accused of inappropriate workplace behavior; Google employee protesters are shown in Cambridge, Massachusetts

A Google employee who walked out in Cambridge, Massachusetts carries a sign that reads, 'I support non-hostile workplace'

A Google employee who walked out in Cambridge, Massachusetts carries a sign that reads, 'I support non-hostile workplace'

Employees listen to fellow employee Natasha Ross (left) during a walkout calling for a safe workplace in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Thursday

Employees listen to fellow employee Natasha Ross (left) during a walkout calling for a safe workplace in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Thursday

Ross (with megaphone) speaks to her fellow Google co-workers during a walkout calling for a safe workplace in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Thursday

Ross (with megaphone) speaks to her fellow Google co-workers during a walkout calling for a safe workplace in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Thursday

Google employee protesters in New York carried signs that read, 'Equity means always getting to keep the change,' and 'OK, Google Really?' 

Another protester carried a piece of paper with the words, 'OK, Google Set a time for "Up,"' as they walked out of the office building located in Chelsea on 8th Avenue.

The same story publicizing the claims against Rubin also disclosed allegations of sexual misconduct of other executives, including Richard DeVaul, a director at the same Google-affiliated lab that created far-flung projects such as self-driving cars and internet-beaming balloons. 

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