Google Employee Protest Was Rejection of 'Individualism'

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However, Pichai's email said the company will "provide more granularity around sexual harassment investigations and outcomes at the company as part of our Investigations Report".

But the group said that, although it "commended" the process, some concerns had been ignored - such as their demand for a employee representative to be put on the board. Employee-gathered data suggests the company pays men more than women; Google takes issue with those figures and argues women at the company make 99.7 cents for every dollar men make.

Employees who organized last week's demonstrations estimated that 20,000 workers participated across Alphabet offices in five continents.

Google got caught in the crosshairs two weeks ago after The New York Times detailed allegations of sexual misconduct against the creator of Google's Android software, Andy Rubin. "Sadly, the executive team has demonstrated through their lack of meaningful action that our safety is not a priority".

By and large, the new policies are a direct response to these demands.

In an attempt to address a key criticism of how the company failed to adequately deal with sexual assault claims when made against senior management, the CEO said Google will make arbitration optional for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims.

A section of an internal "Investigations Report" will focus on sexual harassment to show numbers of substantiated concerns as well as trends and disciplinary actions, according to the California-based company.

"This includes extended counselling and career support", Pichai said, adding that the company would also update and expand the mandatory sexual harassment training.

"While Google has championed the language of diversity and inclusion, substantive actions to address systemic racism, increase equity, and stop sexual harassment have been few and far between", the employee statement reads.

In a memo to employees on Thursday, the Indian-origin CEO said, "We recognise that we have not always gotten everything right in the past and we are sincerely sorry for that". "This is an area where we need to continually make progress and are committed to doing so". That's happening externally, with increased scrutiny by regulators and politicians, and internally with reports and rising complaints about Google's permissive culture when it comes to executive conduct and relationships with co-workers. Meredith Whittaker, one organizer of the protest and co-director of the AI Now Institute, congratulated everyone with a tweet.

Our policy is clear: Excessive consumption of alcohol is not permitted when you are at work, performing Google business, or attending a Google-related event, whether onsite or offsite. "It will continue working".

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