Zooglers join worldwide walkout

Few protestors were ready to speak to the press, but the #GoogleWalkout in Zurich is a sign that corporate culture will not stop women from showing their teeth.

Lara Bullens
Lara Bullens NewsMavens, Western Europe
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Why this story matters:

The Google offices in Zurich have the second largest research and development center outside of the US. Corporate culture rules the austere streets of Switzerland's commercial stronghold.

Seeing hundreds of the company's 2,400 employees take to the streets to protest sexual harassment and inequality in the workplace was quite striking.

However, many of the women who took part in the protest weren't prepared to speak to the press. According to the national newspaper Le Temps, it was because they wanted to preserve or protect Google's reputation to a certain degree. 

When the newspaper finally managed to interview a demonstrator, it was under one condition: her identity should remain hidden. She said that the information leaked in the recent article by the New York Times on allegations against Andy Rubin "gave us a sense of legitimacy to act and show those managing us that we expect transparency and respect." 

Details from the story:

  • 400 employees from Google in Zurich gathered last Thursday morning to protest the way their company treats women.
  • Zurich is the largest Google research center outside of the US.
  • It has 2,400 employees.
  • Google covered up allegations against Andy Rubin, who was "invited to leave" in 2014 and paid 90 million dollars.

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