Austin Google Workers Participate in Walkout

AUSTIN, Texas - Austin Google employees Thursday morning joined workers around the world in walking out to protest the company’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives.

Employees walked out at offices from London to Singapore to Tokyo. Hundreds of employees protested at Google’s New York office, and California employees were expected to follow suit later in the day.

The Austin walkout occurred about 11 a.m. at the office located at 500 W. 2nd Street. Dozens of employees could be seen gathered in the building’s lobby area.

The protests are in response to exploitation of female workers in business, entertainment, technology and politics. The protest came a week after a New York Times story detailed allegations of sexual misconduct by Andy Rubin, the creator of Google’s Android software.

Rubin has denied those allegations.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent an email to employees Tuesday apologizing for the company’s “past actions.”

Google and its parent company, Alphabet Inc., employ about 94,000 people.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.