Google changing policies regarding sexual misconduct

World 11/9/2018, 1:05 AM
Google changing policies regarding sexual misconduct

Google Llc announced new policies regarding sexual harassment, following last week's employee protests over a media report that the company shielded executives accused of sexual misconduct. “We recognize that we have not always gotten everything right in the past and we are sincerely sorry for that. It’s clear we need to make some changes,” CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to employees.

Pichai added that Google “will provide more transparency on how we handle concerns. We’ll give better support and care to the people who raise them. And we will double down on our commitment to be a representative, equitable, and respectful workplace.”

Among the changes is that employees will be able to take sexual misconduct claims to court instead of privately settling them. Pichai promised more "granularity" in internal reports on harassment as well as updating and expanding sexual harassment training. Google will also improve its system for reporting sexual harassment and assault and create a site with live support and counseling.

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