Employees of Little, Brown and Company, Grand Central Publishing, and other related imprints have staged a walkout today to protest parent company Hachette Book Group's decision to publish Woody Allen's forthcoming memoir, Apropos of Nothing. Around 75 employees, many wearing red, walked out of the Midtown offices of Hachette and gathered at Rockefeller Plaza just after 3 p.m. today. “We stand in solidarity with Ronan Farrow, Dylan Farrow and survivors of sexual assault,” the employees said in a statement.

Employees, who asked that their names not be used for fear of retaliation, told Gothamist that the walkout was only organized today. "They popped this book on us, and I think most people in publishing are pretty against sexual assault, as a whole, and this is really upsetting," one woman who works at an imprint within Little, Brown said. "Everyone [in the room] clapped when Little, Brown walked out."

"This is pretty unethical for a couple different reasons, but it's discounting a possible victim if they didn't fact check with her, which I don't think they did," said a woman who works for Little, Brown. Both women said they were relieved to find out other people within the company were upset by the news: "I knew there was probably someone other than myself that was disturbed upon reading the news, but when you're in the position of being employed by this company, you're like, what can I do, what steps can I take to rectify this, if anything? What can I do as an employee?"

"I hope that they just don't do it—it's not too late to not publish it, and it wouldn't be unheard of, there's been other situations where they decided against publishing a book," she added. "Harvey Weinstein was just convicted, and Woody Allen may not have been convicted yet, but there's very little difference in the situation."

The hashtag #LittleBrownWalkout was started on Twitter, with employees, fellow publishing workers, sympathetic observers and writers expressing solidarity.

On Monday, Ronan Farrow—whose book Catch And Kill was published by Little, Brown and Company last year—cut ties with Hachette after it was announced that they would be publishing Allen's book. “I was disappointed to learn through press reports that Hachette, my publisher, acquired Woody Allen’s memoir after other major publishers refused to do so, and concealed the decision from me and its own employees while we were working on Catch and Kill—a book about how powerful men, including Woody Allen, avoid accountability for sexual abuse,” Farrow said. “Hachette did not fact check the Woody Allen book.”

Page Six reports that the employees went to the Human Resources offices to complain before the protest. Hachette’s CEO Michael Pietsch reportedly tried to calm things down with a "town hall" with employees, but it didn't go so well: “None of the senior leadership would stand with him and the staff walked out of the offices," a source told them. “The staff felt so strongly about this and wanted to do this for Ronan, Dylan and all survivors of sexual assault.”

Dylan Farrow, Ronan's sister, has accused Allen of sexually abusing her when she was seven-years-old. Allen denies the allegations, calling them “false” and “outrageous," and was never charged. Farrow called Hachette's decision "deeply upsetting" and a "betrayal." Pietsch told the BBC in response, "We do not allow anyone's publishing programme to interfere with anyone else's."

However, in a statement to Gothamist, Pietsch said of today's walkout: "We respect and understand the perspective of our employees who have decided to express their concern over the publication of this book. We will engage our staff in a fuller discussion about this at the earliest opportunity."