Google apologises for past handling of harassment, brings change

Google apologises for past handling of harassment, brings change

Google apologises for past handling of harassment, brings change

Google on Thursday vowed to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual harassment cases, with CEO Sundar Pichai spelling out the concessions in an email Thursday to Google employees.

First, Google plans to make arbitration optional for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims.

Pichai in his memo also promised that Google will now onwards be more transparent with how it handles sexual misconduct cases and offer more detailed report on such cases.

"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 update its mandatory sexual harassment training, and require it annually instead of every two years as had been the case.

The protest was in response to a New York Times report that said Google paid $90 million in exit package to Android creator Andy Rubin who had been accused of sexual misconduct by a Google employee.

Google is not meeting the request to publicly release a sexual harassment transparency report.

In addition, the company will expect its leaders to foster environments in which excessive alcohol consumption is "strongly" discouraged. When previously confronted with accusations that it shortchanges women - made by the U.S. Labor Department and in lawsuits filed by female employees -Google has maintained that its compensation system doesn't discriminate between men and women.

Several steps will be taken to provide better care for those seeking to make claims, including extended counselling and support for accommodations and company leave.

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The protest's organizers estimated about 17,000 workers participated in the walkout.

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

"All employees and contract workers across the company deserve to be safe", they wrote in an essay published on the Cut last week.

But the Tech Workers Coalition, which backed last week's action, said the measures did not go almost far enough, particularly where it related to contractors who worked with the firm.

The walkout organizers say that they're frustrated by Pichai's failure to address key elements of their complaint - for example, widespread pay discrimination.

"We will impose more onerous actions if problems persist", Google said.

Some other demands that were not answered include a commitment to end pay inequity and the appointment of an employee representative to the board of directors.

Organisers of the protests had specifically demanded Google put an end to its policy of forced arbitration for sexual misconduct allegations a practice that prevents employees from taking cases to court and is generally criticised for suppressing victims' stories.

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