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The Google walkout protesters have commended the company’s swift action on sexual harassment.
CEO Sundar Pichai set out a number of changes on Thursday, including abolishing forced arbitration in cases of sexual misconduct.
But the campaigners want to see a lot more change on diversity.
They said Google must address issues of “systemic racism and discrimination.”

The Google walkout campaigners have spoken after the company announced a series of measures designed to address the mass staff protest last week over sexual harassment.

CEO Sundar Pichai circulated a memo on Thursday spelling out the steps Google would take, including abolishing forced arbitration in cases of sexual misconduct and introducing new rules for drinking at work.

In a Medium blog post, the Google Walkout For Real Change group praised Google for taking swift action on the issue of sexual harassment. “We commend this progress, and the rapid action which brought it about,” they said.

Reflecting on the fact that 20,000 workers left their desk last Thursday to call for change, the campaigners added: “What they showed is that collective action works, and when we work together we can make change.”

But the Google Walkout For Real Change group was not satisfied with the firm’s action on diversity. As part of their demands last week, the protesters asked Google to make a “commitment to end pay and opportunity inequity.”

They also said Google’s Chief Diversity Officer, Danielle Mastrangel Brown, should be promoted and report directly to Pichai. An employee representative should also sit on the Google board, they added.

Read more: Google employees all over the world left their desk and walked out in protest over sexual misconduct

In response to this, Pichai said in his memo: “We will recommit to our company-wide OKR [objectives and …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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