Google Ends Forced Arbitration for Sexual Harassment Claims

Google Ends Forced Arbitration for Sexual Harassment Claims

Pichai also said Google will "revamp" how it handles concerns from employees in three ways; overhauling reporting channels; updating and expanding mandatory sexual harassment training; and recommitting to company-wide objectives and key results (OKR) around diversity, equity and inclusion again in 2019.

This news, paired with stories about several other men being rewarded for bad behavior, sparked an internal movement at Google and on November 1, thousands of Google employees around the world walked out of their jobs in protest, demanding change.

"Going forward, we will provide more transparency on how we handle concerns. We will double down on our commitment to be a representative, equitable, and respectful workplace", Pichai promised. Google is also promising "extra care and resources" for Googlers with complaints, "during and after the process", such as extended counseling and career support. Those who don't comply will be docked one rating in the year-end Perf (Google's performance review system). "Harassment is never acceptable and alcohol is never an excuse", the section (correctly) states at the outset, before delving into details on teams using drink tickets to limit alcohol consumption.

Google employees will now be able to more freely speak out over issues of sexual harassment at the firm.

In what seems to have become a malaise in large corporations, a recent sexual allegation against a senior executive at Google's parent company Alphabet has burst its seams, per a Fortune report.

"But one of the most common factors among the harassment complaints made today at Google is that the perpetrator had been drinking".

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Google is revamping its sexual harassment policies, according to a memo sent to employees on Thursday by Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Google workers left their offices in Tokyo, Singapore, Zurich, London, Berlin and Dublin during the walkouts last week. The company also said it would publicly release its harassment, discrimination and retaliation policies.

The global walkout spread to many countries in Europe, North America and Asia, including Britain, Singapore, Japan, Germany, and Google's headquarters in Mountain View in northern California.

Google executives have faced rising scrutiny from a number of employees and USA politicians, who have indicated that Google's efforts in China could assist the government in "repressing and manipulating" its citizens.

"Sundar ignored the demand for a worker to be represented on the board and [temps, vendors and contractors (TVCs)] continue to have no adequate protections from sexual harassment, who make up over half the Google workforce and are disproportionately women and people of colour".

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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