Google vows to end booze culture at its work events
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.