The walkout was designed to support victims of abuse at the company, including those who did not speak at the event due to fear of retaliation or fresh emotional wounds.
Oralia Alvarado, 27, said she began working at Google about five years ago as a barista. During that time, Alvarado said she saw cafeteria workers commonly subjected to harassment due to their perceived lower rank.
A man once told Alvarado to lick her lips for him because her lipstick was beautiful, but she said she didn't feel validated until a male employee expressed his shock at the interaction.
Another speaker, Nancy Zhang, described a company gathering at Google-owned YouTube where she lost her memory after a male coworker asked to switch drinks. She said another colleague saw her being "dragged away by the hand" and helped her. Her manager later told her the coworker could be fired immediately, as long as he held a less important role on the team than her.
Both women said they hoped telling their stories would galvanize victims of abuse, as well as their allies.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai told employees earlier in the week the company was aware of the protest and participants would receive support.
"Employees have raised constructive ideas for how we can improve our policies and our processes going forward," Pichai said in a statement. "We are taking in all their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action."
Google came under fire after a New York Times report on Oct. 25 revealed a $90 million payout for a employee Andy Rubin, who had been accused of sexual harassment. One man held a sign that said, "Happy to Quit for $90 million, no sexual harassment required."
After the New York Times report was published, women at the company organized the protest in about five days. Offices in Singapore began the protest at 11:10 a.m. local time, with other protests happening at offices around the world.
"We chose 11, one, or 11:10, because we believe that one story is too many and we've heard thousands as part of this movement," O'Neil-Hart said, explaining that the movement began on internal channels, but quickly spread to more than 60 percent of Google offices across the world.
The protest in Mountain View ended with a roaring chant of "Time's Up!" following on the heels of similar movements against perpetrators of abuse in Hollywood and other industries.
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