Employees at Google offices around the world held a wave of exits on Thursday to protest against the company's handling of sexual harassment.
The outlets, which started in Asia and spread across continents, were scheduled for 11.00 in their time zones. Protests were expected throughout the day in Google offices in the United States.
The backlash was promoted by an article in The New York Times last week that revealed that Google had paid millions of dollars in initial packets for male leaders accused of harassment while keeping themselves silent about the violations.
As late as morning they arrived at different time zones on Thursday, Google employees left their work at offices in Singapore; Hyderabad, India; Berlin; Zurich; and London.
Photographs were shared on social media, but it was unclear how long the protests lasted when many of those who stopped working lived inside the buildings.
Brenda Salinas, a Google employee in London, did not come to work on Thursday because of an injury, but she expressed her support for walkout.
"I've been with Google for over a year," she said. "Last week, it was one of the hardest weeks of my long term of employment on Google, but today is the best day. I feel I have thousands of colleagues around the world who like me, are committed to creating a culture where everyone being treated with dignity. "
Ms. Salinas also noted that contract workers were included in claims by the organizers of the protest. "There is no talk about technology," she said.
A press release from the organizers noted that "the power structure, which reduces" temps, suppliers or contractors, "was anchored on the same basis for inequality."
On Wednesday, CEO Sundar Pichai said the company's management was aware of the upcoming exits , and that employees would "get the support they need if they want to participate."
"Employees have built constructive ideas for how we can improve our policies and processes," he added. "We take all the feedback so that we can make these ideas come true."
The employees who organized the exit have asked Google to terminate the use of private arbitration in case of alleged sexual assault and harassment. They also required publication of an openness report on instances of sexual harassment, further disclosure of salary and compensation, a representative of the employees in corporate governance and a chief diversity therapist who could speak directly with the board.
Google's leadership team has taken steps to reassure the concerns of last week. Mr. Pichai and Larry Page, a co-founder of Google and CEO of his parent company, Alphabet, both apologize, with Mr. Pichai, who later said that the first sentence was "not enough" and apologized again.
Google said that it had fired 48 people over sexually harassment accusations over the last two years and that no one had received an exit package. One of the leaders that Alfabet continued to employ after being accused of harassment was canceled on Tuesday and did not get an exit package, but this has done little to suffocate the troubles.
The excitement has simulated when Silicon Valley workers are increasingly pushing toward decisions of their leaders that they feel more harm than good. Mr. Pichai has met rebuke to develop a search engine for China that would censor results. Google employees have also pushed back the company's artificial intelligence work with the Pentagon.