Google rewrites sexual harassment policy after staff protests

Google rewrites sexual harassment policy after staff protests

Google rewrites sexual harassment policy after staff protests

This news, paired with stories about several other men being rewarded for very 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.

Google's plan includes providing more transparency around sexual harassment investigations and outcomes as part of its annual "Investigations Report", revamping its reporting channels for incidents of misconduct, updating and expanding its sexual harassment training and making arbitration optional for sexual harassment claims.

"We will enhance the processes we use to handle concerns, including the ability for Googlers to be accompanied by a support person", Pichai said.

"Google will provide more transparency on how we handle concerns".

However, the Tech Workers Coalition, which launched a retaliation hotline for Google employees who participated in last week's protest, says that the new policies don't do enough to protect those temp, vendor and contract workers (TVCs), the report said.

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Google will investigate complaints made by its contractors against employees and require that suppliers investigate complaints against contractors, the company said.

Pichai - who gave employees free reign to walk out of work - had previously revealed in an internal memo that the company has fired 48 employees over the last two years for harassment, including 13 "senior managers and above", none of whom received an exit package.

Google is also putting the onus on team leaders to tighten the tap on booze at company events, on or off campus, to curtail the potential for drunken misbehavior.

"Harassment is never acceptable and alcohol is never an excuse", Mr Pichai wrote.

A massive turnout at the "Googleplex" in Silicon Valley was the final stage of a global walkout that began in Asia and spread to Google offices in Europe.

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"We have an aspiration to be the best company in the world", Rodriguez said. Throughout the protests several female employees shared their stories while working at Google, claiming that their allegations had largely fell on deaf ears. Google says it will annually release a report on offenses that were and were not fireable.

The walkout, which took place on November 1, saw approximately 20,000 employees leave their Google offices around the globe at 11:10 a.m. local time.

"We will update and expand our mandatory sexual harassment training", Pichai said.

In an unsigned letter, Google protesters demanded an end to forced arbitration in harassment and discrimination cases, which required employees to forfeit their right to sue and typically included a confidentiality agreement.

Pichai outlined the changes, which align with some of the demands put forward by protesters.

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