KEY POINTS
  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai send an internal email condoning an employee protest planned for Thursday in the wake of a New York Times report highlighting the ways the company shielded some employees from accusations of sexual misconduct.
  • Pichai says managers would be "aware of the activities planned for Thursday" and that employees would have the "support" they needed.
Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Google Inc., speaks during the Google I/O Developers Conference in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent an internal email on Tuesday condoning an employee protest planned for Thursday in the wake of a bombshell New York Times' report about sexual misconduct at the company, a source tells CNBC.

Pichai's note, previously obtained by Axios, follows a memo he sent staff last week saying the company had made changes in recent years to take "an increasingly hard line" on inappropriate conduct at work and had fired 48 people, including 13 senior managers, in the last two years, without exit packages.