Google changes policies on sexual misconduct after protests

Sundar Pichai

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

In an email to staff on Thursday, Mr Pichai said: "Over the past few weeks Google's leaders and I have heard your feedback and have been moved by the stories you've shared".

The company also said in a longer document that it would be changing the way it conducts internal investigations, noting that there would now be a "global process that will allow Googlers to be accompanied by a companion during an HR investigation, or when raising/reporting any harassment or discrimination concerns to HR". The breakdowns will include the number of cases that were substantiated within various company departments and list the types of punishment imposed, including firings, pay cuts and mandated counseling.

Google said employees will now be required to undergo sexual harassment training annually. Those who fall behind in their training, including top executives, will be dinged in their annual performance reviews, leaving a blemish that could lower their pay and make it more hard to get promoted.

The reforms are the latest fallout from a broader backlash against men's exploitation of their female subordinates.

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Google isn't addressing another one of the protesters' grievance because it believes it doesn't have merit.

The Google protest organizers last week demanded an end to forced arbitration, a single system for anonymously reporting harassment and a promise that the chief diversity officer would report directly to the CEO. "When Google does something, other employers tend to copy it", she 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.

Rubin derided the Times story article as inaccurate and denied the allegations in a tweet.

Critics believe that gender imbalance has created a "brogammer" culture akin to a college fraternity house that treats women as sex objects.

"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".

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