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Women at Google have a message for management: Enough.
Gender inequality has long been an issue at the internet giant, where only 31 percent of employees are female. But several recent incidents have prompted employees to demand better treatment; Googlers around the world are walking out of work today to make their demands known.
“We need transparency, accountability and structural change,” protest organizers wrote on an internal Google website, which was viewed by The New York Times.
The recent revelation in a Times article that Google had paid a $90 million exit package to Andy Rubin, the creator of the Android operating system, after the company found a sexual harassment claim against him credible, sparked workers to organize the walkout. (Mr. Rubin denied the allegations against him and said the report of his compensation was a “wild exaggeration.”) But tensions over the treatment of women in the workplace have simmered for years, Google employees said, with disrespectful remarks coming from executives and the rank and file alike.
Claire Stapleton, a product marketing manager at YouTube who helped organize the walkout, said that employees were looking for “the basics of respect, justice and fairness.” Since the revelations about Mr. Rubin, many more employees have come forward to share their stories of harassment at Google, she said.
“We joined Google to make the world a better place, and that’s what the walkout is all about,” Ms. Stapleton said.
Employees from more than 20 Google offices around the globe plan to walk out and present a list of five demands that includes an end to forced arbitration of sexual harassment and assault, increased transparency about compensation and the appointment of an employee representative to the company’s board, according to a list viewed by The Times. Google declined to comment.
The protest is the latest in a growing wave of employee activism in Silicon Valley, and particularly at Google, where workers have become increasingly vocal about issues within their companies.
Hi, newsletter readers! This is Joel Fagliano, the creator of the daily mini crossword puzzle, a graduate of Pomona College and the editor of the series of California-themed puzzles we’ve had over the past two weeks. These puzzles brought back good memories of my time in the Golden State. California has such a rich and varied range of subjects for puzzle creation; we covered everything from midterm politics to higher education to San Francisco landmarks. My personal favorite was the puzzle that managed to weave seven California sports teams all in one small 9×9 grid; that was some nifty puzzle-making by Bruce Haight.
Today’s puzzle, the ninth in our series, is themed around natural disasters often seen in California. For a slightly lighter topic, fans of California beer might check out 18-Across as well.
What’s been your favorite puzzle of the series? Email us at [email protected] for a chance to appear in tomorrow’s newsletter.
And if you’ve liked what you’ve solved, another 10 California-themed puzzles will be available on the New York Times Crossword app for $1.99. Just go the Packs section and look for the title “California Dreamin’.”
(Please note: We regularly highlight articles on news sites that have limited access for nonsubscribers.)
• The Central Valley is home to the nation’s most expensive congressional race this year. Representative Devin Nunes has leveraged his role defending President Trump to raise more than $17 million. [KQED]
• The political feud between Mr. Trump and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has raised concerns about whether the president will take more aggressive aim at California if Mr. Newsom is elected governor. [The Sacramento Bee]
• California paid at least $4 billion for questionable Medi-Cal claims, a report found. [KCRA]
• The state Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento was evacuated because of a suspicious envelope addressed to the Democratic National Committee chairman, Tom Perez. [The Sacramento Bee]
• The fight over an initiative to expand rent control has spilled beyond California’s borders for some of the state’s largest real estate investors. [The Los Angeles Times]
• Ballot measures at the state and city level show the variety of policy approaches aimed at slowing the affordable housing and homelessness crisis. [CityLab]
• The Twitter feud between Marc Benioff and Jack Dorsey over Proposition C is a strange and revealing digital battle between a pair of Silicon Valley moguls about democracy, wealth, power and those their revolution has forsaken and displaced. [The New Yorker]
• The Los Angeles Times recently ran different political endorsements in its English- and Spanish-language editions. A spokeswoman later said they had been published in error. [Latino Rebels]
• “I knew that I didn’t — whatever this means — I didn’t want to be the typical Asian,” said Nadine Lee, 18, of Mill Valley. As a lawsuit challenging the use of affirmative action in admissions played out, five Harvard freshmen reflected on why they beat the competition. [The New York Times]
• Workers at 23 Marriott-operated hotels around the country — including those in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and San Diego — are on strike for better wages. Here’s what you need to know. [The New York Times]
• In memoriam: Willie McCovey, the Giants legend and Hall of Fame first baseman who became one of the most beloved players in franchise history. He was 80. [The New York Times]
• A ring of thieves stole millions of dollars’ worth of luxury watches from malls in Southern California. This is how a special agent brought them down. [GQ]
• Is it ethical to film someone as he risks his life? Two documentary filmmakers wrote about how they captured Alex Honnold’s free solo climb of El Capitan. [The New York Times | Opinion]
And Finally …
The Raiders and the 49ers: separated by a thin body of water, and going nowhere in the standings.
There isn’t much to gain — or lose — in this latest matchup, but the trans-Bay rivalry could shift if the Raiders leave as soon as next season. Mostly because there wasn’t much competition to begin with anyway. But the fans have made it the Battle of the Bay, and we’ll see how it ends tonight.