Party’s over for Google

Sunday Star-Times - - WORLD -

Google is cutting down on ‘‘excessive al­co­hol’’ at work par­ties and events as it tries to ad­dress a wave of sex­ual ha­rass­ment claims. Af­ter staff world­wide staged a walk­out last week to protest the web gi­ant’s han­dling of cases of sex­ual mis­con­duct, chief ex­ec­u­tive Sun­dar Pichai has re­leased a list of poli­cies the com­pany will fol­low. Along­side plans to make it eas­ier for claims to be re­ported and dealt with, Pichai has taken a strong stance on drink­ing, say­ing: ‘‘Ha­rass­ment is never ac­cept­able, and al­co­hol is never an ex­cuse.’’ He said that in 20 per cent of the cases that had been brought in­volv­ing ha­rass­ment, the per­pe­tra­tor had been drink­ing.

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