Google workers around the world walk out over web giant’s handling of harassment


Google employees walk off the job at its European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, Thursday to protest lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct.Niall Carson/PA via AP

Employees at Google offices around the world held a wave of walkouts Thursday to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment.

The walkouts, which started in Asia and spread across continents, were planned for around 11 a.m. in their time zones. Protests were expected through the day in Google offices in the United States.

The backlash was prompted by an article in The New York Times last week that revealed that Google had paid millions of dollars in exit packages to male executives accused of harassment, while staying silent about the transgressions.