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WorldGoogle hears protesters, changes sexual harassment policies

20:31  08 november  2018
20:31  08 november  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Google employees are reportedly planning a walkout this week in protest of the recent sexual misconduct revelations

Google employees are reportedly planning a walkout this week in protest of the recent sexual misconduct revelations Google employees are planning a walkout Thursday to protest the company's handling of sexual misconduct allegations, Buzzfeed News reported. 

Thousands of Google employees joined a coordinated worldwide walkout a week ago to protest the US tech giant's handling of sexual harassment . Photo: Reuters. SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Thursday outlined changes to its handling of sexual misconduct complaints, hoping to calm outrage

Alphabet Inc's Google said on Thursday it would change the way it handles sexual harassment claims, a week after 20,000 of its workers around the world walked off their It also said employees who fail to complete mandatory sexual harassment training will be docked in performance reviews.

Google hears protesters, changes sexual harassment policies© Reuters/STEPHEN LAM A "Women's Walkout" at Google in protest over payout to Android chief Andy Rubin (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Thursday it would make changes to how it handles sexual harassment claims, a week after thousands of its employees around the world walked off their jobs to protest its response to such issues.

Google hears protesters, changes sexual harassment policies© Reuters/STEPHEN LAM Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers conference in Mountain View, California

Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai announced a detailed "action plan", which included making arbitration optional for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims.

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Arbitration will become optional for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims, Google said, enabling lawsuits on those matters. It also said employees who fail to complete mandatory sexual harassment training will be docked in performance reviews. "We recognize that we have not always.

Google noted its chief diversity officer would continue to lead monthly discussions with Pichai on topics of diversity and equity. The company also said it would publicly release its harassment , discrimination and retaliation policies . Employees who organized last week’s demonstrations estimated that 20

"Going forward, we will provide more transparency on how we handle concerns," Pichai said in a note https://www.blog.google/inside-google/company-announcements/note-our-employees addressed to employees.

Pichai also said Google will provide more details around sexual harassment investigations and outcomes, as well as improving processes used to handle such concerns, including the ability for its employees to be accompanied by a support person.

Google said employees will now be required to undergo sexual harassment training annually, instead of every two years currently.

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

The company also said it would publicly release its harassment, discrimination and retaliation policies.

The protests at Google earlier this month followed a New York Times report that the company in 2014 gave a $90 million exit package to a senior vice president, Andy Rubin, after he was accused of sexual harassment.

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