The Google Walkout Is The Watershed Moment For How To Engineer Your Layoff

Dear Financial Samurais,

Since first publishing How To Engineer Your Layoff: Make A Small Fortune By Saying Goodbye in 2012 (updated for 2019), I've been waiting for a watershed moment where employees everywhere finally rise up and realize how powerful they really are.

I think that watershed moment has finally arrived when 17,000 Google employees walked out to protest the $90 million severance payment Andy Rubin received from Google after the company discovered he sexually harassed a colleague.

Google was under no fiduciary responsibility to give Rubin severance. In fact, they should have fired his ass and left him with nothing. Instead, they paid him an exorbitant amount of money in exchange that he not disparage the firm and not work for any major rivals for a certain period of time. Google also even invested in Playground Global, a venture firm Andy started six months after leaving the company.

You can imagine the outrage once word got out. Here are a couple pictures.

Google Walkout

Google Walkout

In 2012, I didn't foresee the #MeToo movement take hold and be a significant force in encouraging workers everywhere to stand up for their rights, but it has. All I knew at the time was that in order to get what I wanted, I had to self-advocate with great confidence.

Don't let people walk all over you. Stand your ground and fight back with KNOWLEDGE. The more you know, and the more you know about your power, the more powerful you will become.

To celebrate this awesome awakening, I've launched a new $30 off code for my book: fighton

You can buy my book by clicking this link. Never surrender!

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About the Author: Sam began investing his own money ever since he opened an online brokerage account in 1995. Sam loved investing so much that he decided to make a career out of investing by spending the next 13 years after college working at two of the leading financial service firms in the world. During this time, Sam received his MBA from UC Berkeley with a focus on finance and real estate. He also became Series 7 and Series 63 registered. In 2012, Sam was able to retire at the age of 34 largely due to his investments that now generate roughly $200,000 a year in passive income. He spends time playing tennis, hanging out with family, consulting for leading fintech companies and writing online to help others achieve financial freedom. was started in 2009 and is one of the most trusted personal finance sites today with over 1.5 million organic pageviews a month. Financial Samurai has been featured in top publications such as the LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal.