Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Google Canada manager shares 'frustration' of workers who walked out

Google Canada manager shares 'frustration' of workers who walked out

"We will make arbitration optional for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims", Mr Pichai wrote.

"Google has never required confidentiality in the arbitration process and it still may be the best path for a number of reasons (e.g. personal privacy, predictability of process), but, we recognize that the choice should be up to you", he said in the memo. 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".

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

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.

The company will also revise the manner in which it will probe employee concerns, including streamlining reporting channels, allowing staff to be accompanied by support persons and offering extra care and resources like counselling and career support during and after the process.

Sexual harassment training will now be mandatory every year, instead of every two years, and Google says it will be punishing those who do not comply by giving them demerits that will impact annual reviews.

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The last couple of weeks haven't been great ones for Google.

Google will investigate complaints made by its contractors against employees and require that suppliers investigate complaints against contractors, the company said. And there's something grossly infantilizing about the section of the announcement devoted to reminding Google employees that "the onus will be on leaders to take appropriate steps to restrict any excessive consumption among their teams".

The company also promised to "recommit" to improving workplace diversity through hiring, retention, and career advancement.´.

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. When previously confronted with accusations that it shortchanges women - made by the U.S. Labor Department and in lawsuits filed by female employees -Google has maintained that its compensation system doesn't discriminate between men and women.

Employees from New York City, Dublin, London, Singapore, Toronto, Berlin, Cambridge, and Mountain View in Silicon Valley all joined in with the protest and provided a list of demands to Google executives.

"We have an aspiration to be the best company in the world", Rodriguez said.

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