Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Google CEO announces new action plan following Andy Rubin fiasco

Google CEO announces new action plan following Andy Rubin fiasco

In an email to staff, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai apologised for the company's "past actions" and said he was "fully committed to making progress on an issue that has persisted for far too long in our society". "It's clear we need to make some changes", Google CEO Pichai wrote in the email on Thursday.

In a move toward more transparency, Pinchai said Google will provide more details about sexual misconduct allegations in internal reports made available to all employees.

Several steps will be taken to provide better care for those seeking to make claims, including extended counselling and support for accommodations and company leave.

"We're revamping the way we handle and look into your concerns. we will update and expand our mandatory sexual harassment training", he said. "And we will double down on our commitment to be a representative, equitable, and respectful workplace".

In an effort to tackle the outrage that triggered a worldwide protest of workers, the search giant charted changes to its handling of sexual misconduct complaints.

However, the Tech Workers Coalition, which launched a retaliation hotline for Google employees who participated in last week's protest, says that the new policies don't do enough to protect those temp, vendor and contract workers (TVCs), the report said.

"Harassment is never acceptable and alcohol is never an excuse", Google said in a released action statement.

"I'm here protesting against harassment in the workplace to make sure we don't protect or support those perpetrators of harassment", one protester told Sky News.

Google has been able to keep its clout as one of the most influential companies globally.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Thursday e-mailed employees regarding changes being made in response to last week's 20,000-person walkout in regard to the company's poor handling of sexual harassment allegations.

Beyond the reforms, the New York Times investigation and subsequent uproar also led to the departure of Richard DeVaul, a former executive at the company's secretive development and research spinoff Google X. The Times reported that DeVaul had told a job applicant that he was in a polyamorous relationship with his wife.

- A publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report. An employee representative should also sit on the Google board, they added. The leaders are expected to discourage the employees from excessive drinking at the events.

The walkout organizers say that they're frustrated by Pichai's failure to address key elements of their complaint - for example, widespread pay discrimination. The protesters demanded that women be paid the same as men for doing similar work, something that Google has steadfastly maintained that it has been doing for years.

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