Google Announces Detailed "Action Plan" To Handle Sexual Harassment Cases

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In the article, titled, "Google Workers Reject Silicon Valley Individualism in Walkout", Scheiber claimed the mass organization was evidence of a rejection of Silicon Valley's formerly individualist identity. "It's clear we need to make some changes".

Further, Google says it will implement an Investigations Practice Guide that will outline how investigations will be handled and what employees can expect from the process.

Updates and expansion of Google's mandatory sexual harassment training.

The reforms are the latest fallout from a broader societal backlash against men's exploitation of their female subordinates in business, entertainment and politics - a movement that has spawned the "MeToo" hashtag as a sign of unity and a call for change.

Last week thousands of Google staff around the globe, including hundreds in Dublin, walked off the job for an hour in protest at the situation. Those who fall behind in their training, including top executives, will be dinged in their annual performance reviews, leaving a blemish that could lower their pay and make it more hard to get promoted.

Google isn't addressing another one of the protesters' grievance because it believes it doesn't have merit.

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But the Tech Workers Coalition, which backed last week's action, said the measures did not go almost far enough, particularly where it related to contractors who worked with the firm.

"While Sundar's message was encouraging, important points around discrimination, inequity and representation were not addressed", Holland wrote in an email responding to an AP inquiry.

On Nov. 1, more than 20,000 Google workers abandoned their cubicles to protest past cases of alleged sexual harassment, following a New York Times report that detailed how the company protected and gave big payouts to male executives accused of misconduct.

Notably, Google also said that "going forward, all leaders at the company-Directors, VPs and SVPs-will be expected to create teams, events, offsites and environments in which excessive alcohol consumption is strongly discouraged". The company then asked for his resignation, gave him an exit package of $90 million, and didn't mention the misconduct in his departure announcement, according to the Times. Women account for 31 percent of Google's employees worldwide, and it's lower for leadership roles.

As part of this effort, Google's implementing a new action plan to handle future assault/harassment issues.

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