Tampa Bay Times - - Nation & World -

Google is promis­ing to be more force­ful and open about its han­dling of sex­ual mis­con­duct cases, a week af­ter high­paid en­gi­neers and oth­ers walked out in protest over its male-dom­i­nated cul­ture. CEO Sun­dar Pichai spelled out the con­ces­sions in an email sent Thurs­day to Google em­ploy­ees. The note of con­tri­tion came a week af­ter the tech gi­ant’s work­ers left their cu­bi­cles in dozens of of­fices around the world to protest man­age­ment’s treat­ment of top ex­ec­u­tives and other male work­ers ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and other mis­con­duct in­volv­ing men. The protest’s or­ga­niz­ers es­ti­mated that about 20,000 work­ers par­tic­i­pated. Google bowed to one of the pro­test­ers’ main de­mands by drop­ping manda­tory ar­bi­tra­tion of all sex­ual mis­con­duct cases. That will now be op­tional un­der the new poli­cies. It mir­rors a change made by ride­hail­ing ser­vice Uber. Google will also pro­vide more de­tails about sex­ual mis­con­duct cases in in­ter­nal re­ports avail­able to all em­ploy­ees. The break­downs will in­clude the num­ber of cases that were sub­stan­ti­ated within var­i­ous com­pany de­part­ments and list the types of pun­ish­ment im­posed.

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