Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Google to overhaul sexual harassment policies following employee walkout

Google to overhaul sexual harassment policies following employee walkout

This news, paired with stories about several other men being rewarded for bad behavior, sparked an internal movement at Google and on November 1, thousands of Google employees around the world walked out of their jobs in protest, demanding change. (He does not address discrimination claims.) The company will also begin providing more detailed information about the process and outcomes in sexual harassment investigations.

Moving forward, Pichai said Google will be more transparent about how they handle concerns and be more supportive of those who raise them.

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. 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.

Pichai's disclosure came after over 20,000 Google employees worldwide walked out last week in protest of sexual harassment at the company and its improper handling of sexual misbehaviour allegations against top executives. "Harassment is never acceptable and alcohol is never an excuse", the section (correctly) states at the outset, before delving into details on teams using drink tickets to limit alcohol consumption.

After years as a free-wheeling, fast-growing startup, Google is trying to adjust to the responsibilities and realities of being one of the world's most powerful companies.

"All employees and contract workers across the company deserve to be safe", they wrote in an essay published on the Cut last week.

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But when Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer entered the bar about 11:20 p.m., gunshots were already piercing the room. Ron Helus was a 29-year veteran of the police force. "He didn't say anything, at least not that we could hear", Estron added.


Google executives overseeing events will be expected to strongly discourage excessive drinking, according to the company, which vowed "onerous actions" if problems persisted.

A massive turnout at the "Googleplex" in Silicon Valley was the final stage of a global walkout that began in Asia and spread to Google offices in Europe. "We've always been a vanguard company, so if we don't lead the way, nobody else will".

Payne Capital Management's Michelle McKinnon and EventShares Chief Investment Officer Ben Phillips on Google employees staging a walkout to protest sexual misconduct allegations at the company and the outlook for the tech sector.

The walkout, which took place on November 1, saw approximately 20,000 employees leave their Google offices around the globe at 11:10 a.m. local time.

Thousands of Google employees participated in a walkout earlier this month in protest.

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