MOUNTAIN VIEW (BCN) After thousands of Google employees last week went out of their offices in protest against sexual harassment…
MOUNTAIN VIEW (BCN)
After thousands of Google employees last week went out of their offices in protest against sexual harassment at work, the Mountain View company announced that it will make several changes to strengthen its system for reporting abuse.
Over 20,000 demonstrators demanded that the company improve its reporting process, ensure equal treatment of all demographics and positions, create an open-ended report on sexual abuse and terminate enforcement procedures, which requires employees to renounce their right to sue.
Google executives today responded with a report addressing some of these requirements, namely making optional choice, creating a sexual abuse report and annual education for sexual harassment.
The members said that the whole changes are a testament to collective action, but do little to address the unequal inequality between full time and contract workers, resulting in a “modern Jim Crow class system” and different game fields for minorities.
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, the employees suggested that the company create a employee representative on the board and allow the Chief Diversity Manager to respond directly to the CEO.
“We demand a truly fair culture, and leadership from Google can achieve this by putting employee representation on the board and giving full rights and protection to contract workers, our most vulnerable workers, many of whom are black and brown women” organizer Stephanie Parker said in A statement.
Organizers stressed Google can not deal with sexual harassment without addressing systemic inequality and racism, limiting access to power and resources.
“The process by which we build a truly fair culture must concentrate on the votes of black women, immigrants and dyes – those who often pay the most in connection with these crossing issues,” organizer Demma Rodriguez said in a statement.
Several women arrived last Thursday with stories of harassment and abuse at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View. They describe a lack of empathy from superiors, open sexism and forced out of their departments while their addicts remained.
“We acknowledge that we have not always got everything right in the past and it is genuinely sad for it. Clearly, we need to make some changes,” says CEO Sundar Pichai in a statement today.
“We often hear From Googlers that the best part of working here are other Googlers. Even in difficult times, we are encouraged by our colleagues’ commitment to creating a better workplace, “he said.
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