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More than 20,000 Google employees and contractors participated in the mass global walkout Sunday to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against top executives, according to organizers of the protest who published a Medium post this evening.

The event was sparked by an investigation from The New York Times that revealed how Android co-founder Andy Rubin was paid $90 million upon his exit from the company after it learned of a sexual assault allegation against him.

“We have the eyes of many companies looking at us,” Google employee Tanuja Gupta said in New York, according to the event organizers, who have assembled under the name Google Walkout for Real Change. “We’ve always been a vanguard company, so if we don’t lead the way, nobody else will.”

According to the organizers, Google employees participated primarily from the company’s US offices, but also in offices located in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Philippines, the UK, Singapore, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The walkout organizers say Google CEO Sundar Pichai has agreed to meet with them on Monday to “review a plan that would address” five key demands.

Those demands include: an end to forced arbitration in cases of harassment and discrimination; a commitment to “end pay and opportunity inequity”; a publicly-disclosed sexual harassment transparency report; an “inclusive process” for reporting sexual misconduct safely and anonymously;

And a “commitment to elevate the Chief Diversity Officer to answer directly to the CEO and make recommendations directly to the Board of Directors.”

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