Google Changes Sexual Harassment Policies After Mass Worker Protest

Google addressed several of its employees' demands but didn't concede to all of them.
Posted at 7:04 PM, Nov 08, 2018

Google is changing its sexual harassment and misconduct policies after more than 20,000 of its employees protested last week.

The demonstration followed a New York Times report that said Google fired two top executives over allegations of sexual misconduct against them, but kept quiet about the accusations. 

Google CEO Sundar Pichai then revealed that Google had fired 48 employees in just two years over similar allegations.

That prompted the walkout by employees and contractors across the world, and a demand for multiple changes

Pichai addressed those demands in a memo Thursday. Some new policies at Google now include, but are not limited to, optional arbitration in sexual misconduct cases, more transparency about investigations, and mandatory yearly sexual harassment training.

Google did not grant organizers' request to have an employee on its board. And the memo reportedly doesn't address temporary employees, vendors and contractors. 

According to Buzzfeed, walkout organizers have received Pichai's memo and are working on a response.