Google vows to end booze cul­ture at its work events

Daily Mail - - News - From Emily Kent Smith in San Fran­cisco

GOOGLE is clamp­ing down on al­co­hol-fu­elled work events as part of a plan to stamp out a cul­ture of sex­ual ha­rass­ment at the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The head of the web gi­ant has re­leased an ‘ac­tion plan’, days af­ter its work­ers across the globe walked out over cov­ered-up sleaze al­le­ga­tions.

Af­ter fe­male work­ers told of the ‘per­va­sive’ cul­ture of sex­ual ha­rass­ment, Google chief Sun­dar Pichai has promised to ‘bet­ter sup­port’ any­one bring­ing cases against fel­low work­ers.

‘Ha­rass­ment is never ac­cept­able and al­co­hol is never an ex­cuse,’ he said. In 20 per cent of cases in­volv­ing ha­rass­ment, the per­pe­tra­tor had been drink­ing, Mr Pichai noted.

He said: ‘Ex­ces­sive con­sump­tion of al­co­hol is not per­mit­ted when you are at work.’

Some teams had now im­posed ‘two-drink lim­its’, he added.

Manda­tory sex­ual ha­rass­ment train­ing is also be­ing in­tro­duced along with an end to forced arbitration for those em­ploy­ees who present sex­ual as­sault or ha­rass­ment claims.

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