TechnologyGoogle hears protesters, changes sexual harassment policies

22:41  08 november  2018
22:41  08 november  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Google hears protesters, changes sexual harassment policies© Reuters/Stephen Lam A Google sign at the company's California headquarters.

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

"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.

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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.

(Reporting by Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru and Paresh Dave in San Francisco; Editing by Anil D'Silva)

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Workplace Harassment Affects Nearly 1 In 5 Canadian Women, 1 In 8 Men: StatCan.
Canadian women are considerably more likely to face harassment in the workplace than men, according to data released Monday by Statistics Canada. The data, which comes from the agency's 2016 General Social Survey on Canadians at Work and Home, found nearly one in five women and more than one in eight men reported some sort of harassment on the job. Women are twice as likely as men to report physical violence against them at work, and more than five times as likely to report sexual harassment or unwanted sexual attention. © Provided by Oath Inc.

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