Google employees are staging global walkouts over the firm's treatment of women

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Google employees, who walked off the job to protest the internet company's lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct, leave after attending a protest rally on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in NY.

Employees at Google's campus in Boulder staged a walkout Thursday to protest what they called the tech company's mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives.

Employees at the Boulder campus joined walkouts staged at offices from Tokyo and Singapore to London and NY, with more expected to do so in California.

Mr Rubin denied the allegation in the story, which he also said contained "wild exaggerations" about his compensation.

"Employees have raised constructive ideas for how we can improve our policies and our processes", he said.

Despite his assurances, employees' discontent over the matter continued to increase, which ultimately led to the employees staging a protest on Thursday.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai apologised for the company's "past actions" in an email sent to employees on Tuesday.

'For every story in The New York Times, there are thousands more, at every level of the company.

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Campaigners have posted a list of five demands, including an end to pay and opportunity inequality as well as greater transparency about sexual harassment.

The "Google Walkout For Real Change" protest has begun, and it's much bigger than we first thought.

Google said last week that it had fired 48 employees in the past two years - including 13 senior executives - as a result of such allegations, citing "an increasingly hard line" on inappropriate conduct.

Andy Rubin, who created the Android mobile operating system, and Richard DeVaul, a director at the Google X research firm working on far-flung projects such as self-driving cars, are among those named in the article.

Rubin was accused of forcing a female subordinate to have sex with him and probed for sexual misconduct at Google.

They said Google must publicly report its sexual harassment statistics and end forced arbitration in harassment cases.

The walkout organizers also called for gender equality in a company where women account for just 30 percent of the workforce, and only 25 percent of Google's leadership. Hundreds of women and men filed out of Google's office in New York City and silently walked around the block for about 10 minutes around 11:00 a.m. ET. They requested the chief diversity officer be able to directly advise the board.