Google redresses sexual harassment policies after employees protest
Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer of Google in a mail to employees apologised on the company's behalf on not getting 'everything right' regarding their sexual harassment policies and assured that appropriate changes would be made. Later on Thursday, the search giant announced changes in their sexual harassment policies firstly, making arbitration optional for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims.
These changes come in response to protests that broke out across Google's offices where five requests were put forth by the protesters. The company has said it will publicly release its harassment, discrimination and retaliation policies. The organisation will also take a strong stance against excessive alcohol consumption and described described two-drink limits or drink ticket systems as potential solutions after several female employees complained that instances of misbehaviour increased after alcohol consumption.
The employees who were part of the demonstration have stated that they will continue protests until all their complaints have been addressed. In a press release, Google employee Stephanie Parker said, "They all have the same root cause, which is a concentration of power and a lack of accountability at the top."