Google is changing its handling of sexual harassment claims in response to global employee walkouts. ‘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. Changes include no longer forcing arbitration in sexual assault or harassment claims, updated and more frequent sexual harassment training, support for those filing complaints and cracking down on alcohol consumption.
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Google employees stage a walkout on November 1, 2018, in New York, over sexual harassment. – A Google Walkout For Real Change account that sprang up on Twitter on October 31 called for employees and contractors to leave their workplaces at 11:10am local time around the world on Thursday. Tension has been growing over how the US-based tech giant handles sexual harassment claims. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)
Los Angeles (CNN Business) Google CEO announced a number of internal changes to the company’s handling of sexual harassment in response to global employee walkouts.
Amongst the changes, the company will no longer force employees to arbitrate for sexual assault or harassment.
The elimination of forced arbitration in harassment and discrimination cases is one of several major changes that Google employees called for a coordinated protest in Google offices a week ago.
“We will make arbitration optional for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims. Google has never required confidentiality in the arbitration process and arbitration still may be the best path for a number of reasons (e.g. personal privacy) but, we recognize that choice should be up to you,” wrote Google CEO Sundar Pichai in an email to staff, published in a blog post, explaining its policy updates.
Shortly after the post was published, the company hosted a town hall with employees.