Staff at Google offices around the world are staging an unprecedented series of walkouts in protest at the company's treatment of women.

 

The employees are demanding several key changes in how sexual misconduct allegations are dealt with at the firm, including a call to end forced arbitration - a move which would make it possible for victims to sue.

 

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai has told staff he supports their right to take the action.

 

"I understand the anger and disappointment that many of you feel," he said in an all-staff email. "I feel it as well, and I am fully committed to making progress on an issue that has persisted for far too long in our society… and, yes, here at Google, too."

 

A Twitter feed titled #googlewalkout has documented the movement at Google's international offices.

 

Google staff in Zurich, London, Tokyo, Singapore and Berlin were among those to take part.Web developer Sam Dutton who joined the walkout in London told the BBC: "We're walking out to support colleagues in any workplace that have suffered harassment and to ensure that perpetrators aren't protected or rewarded."


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