Published: Fri, November 09, 2018

Google revising sexual harassment policies after worker backlash

Google revising sexual harassment policies after worker backlash

"We recognize that we have not always gotten everything right in the past and we are sincerely sorry for that", said Pichai in an email send to employees that the company made public.

"Google has never required confidentiality in the arbitration process and arbitration still may be the best path for a number of reasons (eg personal privacy) but, we recognize that choice should be up to you".

Moving forward, Pichai said Google will be more transparent about how they handle concerns and be more supportive of those who raise them. "It's clear we need to make some changes", Pichai stated in his emailed memo.

Google will also provide more details about sexual misconduct cases in internal reports available to all employees. The company will also provide more support to employees who report, including counseling and allowing them to bring a companion with them during HR investigations.

Mandatory sexual harassment training will also be updated and expanded with those not completing training receiving a docking of their performance rating. Google will also take "a fresh look" at its reporting channels to ensure claims are handled with empathy and care. "When Google does something, other employers tend to copy it", she said.

Google policy already bans excessive consumption of alcohol on the job; while on company business, or at work-related events.

"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".

Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after thousands of high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over its male-dominated culture.

Project Include, an organization that recommends diversity initiatives to tech companies, said on Twitter on Wednesday that without committing to "eliminating wage gaps and Google's focus on just harassment and assault, these [important] changes seem to be just focusing on policies/procedures".

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. 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.

"We have an aspiration to be the best company in the world", Rodriguez said. The company then asked for his resignation, gave him an exit package of $90 million, and didn't mention the misconduct in his departure announcement, according to the Times.

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