Google Overhauls Sexual Misconduct Policy After Employee Walkouts


Dana Wilkie By Dana Wilkie November 9, 2018

​A week after Google workers around the globe walked off their jobs to protest reportedly lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct, the Internet giant is promising change. Google on Thursday vowed to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual harassment cases, with CEO Sundar Pichai spelling out the concessions in an e-mail to Google employees. The company said it will no longer require mandatory arbitration of sexual misconduct allegations and will provide more details about sexual misconduct cases in internal reports.  

We've gathered articles on workplace sexual harassment and sexual assault from SHRM Online:

Walkouts, Marches Are Among Ways Workers Protest Sexual Misconduct

Google employees, California janitors, McDonald's workers and University of Maryland students are among those who have staged protests against their employers' or schools' handling of sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations.

(SHRM Online)

One Year After #MeToo and 'Weinstein Effect': What's Changed?

Nearly one-third of 1,034 executives said they have changed their behaviors to a moderate, great or very great extent to avoid behavior that could be perceived as sexual harassment, according to research by the Society for Human Resource Management. one-fourth of 1,022 managers said they have changed their behaviors.

(SHRM Online)

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Should Involve Real Conversations 

As media attention and public outcry shine a spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace, it's a lesson for employers scrambling to address the issue: Make sexual harassment education hit home. 

(SHRM Online)


5 Steps HR Can Take to End Workplace Harassment

Employers can reset workplace culture after the shake-up of the #MeToo movement, said HR pro and attorney Cindy-Ann Thomas, speaking at the 2018 Society for Human Resource Management Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition. 

(SHRM Online)

[Visit SHRM's resource page on preventing harassment]

Former FEMA HR Chief Joins Government Workers Around the Globe Facing Sexual Harassment Allegations

The former head of HR at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been accused of trading sexual favors for jobs at the agency. A source with knowledge of FEMA's internal investigation of the accusations came forward and an executive summary of the preliminary findings of the investigation has been revealed.

(SHRM Online)


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