In November 2018, Google workers walked out to protest the company\u2019s handling of sexual harassment allegations. Now, many say the company has retaliated against them for participating in that walkout. And on May 1, International Worker\u2019s Day, they held a sit-in.\nThe first protest action occurred on Nov. 1, 2018, when approximately 1,500 Google employees collectively protested inadequate handling of sexual misconduct claims related to two executives. At 11:10 a.m. local time, at more than two dozen Google offices worldwide,\u00a0employees walked away from their desks, leaving behind a flyer that read:\n\n\u201cHi. I\u2019m not at my desk because I\u2019m walking out in solidarity with other Googlers and contractors to protest sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency, and a workplace culture that\u2019s not working for everyone. I\u2019ll be back at my desk later. I walked out for real change.\u201d\n\nThe November 2018 protest was sparked by a\u00a0New York Times report\u00a0detailing how Alphabet CEO Larry Page asked Android co-founder Andy Rubin to resign following sexual assault allegations \u2014 and awarded him a $90 million exit package and a supportive statement from Page. The flames were fueled when the same New York Times story revealed that former senior vice president of search, Amit Singhal, received a similarly large severance and that Google X director Rich DeVaul was allowed to remain in his job after sexual misconduct claims, though he resigned immediately after the NYT story published.\n[ Read also: How can CIOs create a positive company culture? | Get the latest career insights: Sign up for CIO Leader newsletter ]\nGoogle (which\u00a0recently removed \u201cDon\u2019t be evil\u201d\u00a0from its code of conduct) didn\u2019t deny the allegations in the NYT report; instead, CEO Sundar Pichai and Vice President of People Operations Eileen Naughton responded by saying the company has fired 48 people for sexual harassment, and none of those received exit packages.\nWhile in the short term, the protests seem to have achieved at least one of the desired aims \u2014\u00a0Google announced it would end forced arbitration\u00a0in sexual harassment cases \u2013 many employees now say Google has retaliated against them for participating in the original walkout last year.\nGoogle employees respond to alleged retaliation\nIn response to the retaliation claims, two Google employees, Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton, organized the May 1 sit-in protest. They say their job responsibilities were diminished after other organizing efforts. Other employees have also shared stories of incidents they believe are retaliatory, according to The Verge.\nWhittaker and Stapleton organized the sit-in to bring attention to their claims and to push for further action. Over 1,000 Google employees worldwide participated in the protest, with others calling in sick and explaining their actions in Out of Office messages.\n\u201cThe sit-in participants on Wednesday presented a list of \u2018retaliation demands\u2019 to Google management, including a call for a \u2018transparent, open investigation\u2019 of Google's human resources department and its \u2018abysmal handling of employee complaints related to working conditions, discrimination, harassment and retaliation,\u2019\u201d according to a copy of the demands obtained by The Hill.\nThe organizers are also demanding that Google meet the list of demands presented by workers during the Google walkouts months ago,\u201d which included equal pay and a sexual harassment transparency report, along with ending all forced arbitration.\nThe timing of the sit-in is relevant. May 1, International Worker\u2019s Day, began as a labor strike in Chicago on May 1, 1886, as hundreds of thousands walked off the job to fight for an eight-hour workday. While it\u2019s celebrated as an official holiday in 66 countries and unofficially in many more, it\u2019s barely recognized in the United States. Perhaps Google\u2019s sit-in will bring the day the attention it deserves.