A week after Google employees and engineers all over the world walked off the job site in protest of the tech giant’s sexual misconduct rules, Google has decided to change. They have made the promise to not just be more forceful, but more open with the way they handle sexual misconduct allegations and cases.
Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, stated in an email sent to employees and publications that the leaders of Google have heard, respected, and been moved by the shared stories of their staff. Pichai stated that they haven’t always been right, and made an apology on behalf of the company, following it up with a promise to change.
One of the main demands of protesters was the dropping of mandatory arbitration in sexual misconduct cases, and Google promised on Thursday that it is now going to be under new policies. The change mirrors one made by Uber after female employees demanded an internal sexual harassment investigation.
Google has also promised that they are going to provide more information on sexual misconduct allegations and cases in reports that are available to all staff members. While the details haven’t been entirely outlined, they are looking to include the number of cases in other departments and the type of punishment received. If the employee has been fired, relocated, received a pay cut, or received mandatory counseling is going to be part of their permanent files.
Additionally, Google is implementing a new training process for all employees to further prevent misconduct, and the training is to take place every year instead of every other year. Employees, including the leading executives, who fall short on their training are going to have a blemish on performance reviews that might jeopardize their ability to move up the ranks.
Another significant demand from protesters was pay inequality between men and women. Since the protest, Google has not addressed the claim, as the company believes there is no merit. Google has consistently maintained that they’ve supported it, and been doing it for years.