Google walkout organizers vow to 'not let up' following CEO's response
Google is just getting started.
Hours after Google CEO Sundar Pichai emailed employees a plan to end forced arbitration in cases involving sexual harassment and assault at the company, organizers of last week's global Google walkout responded with a statement of their own. The letter, signed by nine employees, what clear: There's more work to be done.
"We commend this progress, and the rapid action which it brought about," read the statement in part. "Jim Crow class system that separates and focuses on the racism, discrimination, and structural integrity." full time 'employees from contract workers.
The walkout organizers say they are frustrated by Pichai's failure to address key elements of their complaint ̵
"[The] company must address issues of systemic racism and discrimination, including pay equity and rates of promotion, and not just sexual harassment alone," continued the statement.
The walkout, which took place on Nov. 1, gave approximately 20,000 employees their Google offices around the globe at 11:10 am. local time. The co-opted Android creator Andy Rubin said he was credible.
While we're thrilled to see progress on sexual harassment, we are not ready to make the most of the urgency for women of color: on employee board, elevating the chief diversity officer, greater transparency on & to end to opportunity inequity at Google & beyond
– Google Walkout For Real Change November 8, 2018
"We demand a truly equitable culture," organizer Stephanie Parker wrote in response to Pichai's Nov. 8 email
Organizers say they intend to meet with Google execs in pursuit of getting all – not just some – of their demands met. This means the ball is once again at Pichai's court.
Time will tell if he drops it.