Google changes sex harassment policies after worker protests

Google ends mandatory arbitration in sexual harassment cases

"We demand a truly equitable culture", organizer Stephanie Parker wrote in response to Pichai's November 8 email, "and Google leadership can achieve this by putting employee representation on the board and giving full rights and protections to contract workers, our most vulnerable workers, many of whom are Black and Brown women". Chief among them is an end to forced arbitration.

Arbitration will now be optional for "individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims", Pichar writes.

Google leadership also held a town-hall style meeting with employees following the publication of Pichai's memo on Thursday, the CNBC reported. Further data on the type of behavior that merits dismissal will be included in the Silicon Valley titan's annual report.

Google will offer its employees extra care and resources during and after the process, he said.

The biz intends to release its policy guidelines for reporting and handling harassment and to give employees a copy of a forthcoming internal Investigations Practice Guide, so workers know what to expect when incidents get reported. Those making claims will be allowed to bring a colleague with them when making a report and the company intends to create a dedicated group in its Employee Relations team to advise claimants. Google will also take "a fresh look" at its reporting channels to ensure claims are handled with empathy and care. In other words, it wants to improve the representation of underrepresented groups in its workforce.

"We have an aspiration to be the best company in the world", Rodriguez said. Google said in an additional document detailing changes that it will routinely review contractor and temp worker suppliers to see if they adhere to agreements around the handling of employee complaints. The onus will be on leaders to take appropriate steps to restrict any excessive consumption among their teams, and we will impose more onerous actions if problems persist.

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Google described two-drink limits or drink ticket systems as potential solutions.

Google is also updating and expanding its mandatory sexual harassment training, with consequences for those who do not complete it.

The measures announced by Pichai fall short of what employees asked for in several instances.

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". Employees also asked for pay and opportunity equity.

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

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