WorldGoogle hears protesters, changes sexual harassment policies

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

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[Explanatory note: This sample sexual harassment policy is intended for use by private and public employers in the Pacific to help them develop their own sexual harassment policies . As a result of this report, the company will evaluate the effectiveness of this policy and make any changes needed.

Sexual harassment is bullying or coercion of a sexual nature and the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors.

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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Sexual harassment in the workplace is against the law and will not be tolerated. When the Department determines that an allegation of sexual Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when

of sexual harassment by inviting their colleagues to wear black to President Trump's State of the "This is a culture change that is sweeping the country and Congress is embracing it," Speier said in the reporting and mediation process, and lawmakers are in talks about how to pursue policy changes .

"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.

Google employees walk out to protest treatment of women.
Google engineers and other company workers around the world have walked off the job to protest the internet company's lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct. Employees staged walkouts Thursday at offices from Tokyo to Singapore to London. 

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