Google accepts having fired 48 people for sexual harassment in last two years
Google CEO, Sundar Pichai reassures employees in an email after media reports said that Google protected some of its executives from allegations of sexual harassment
According to media reports, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, and Eileen Naughton, Vice President of People Operations, sent an email to all employees of the company, stating that 48 people have been fired over the last two years for sexual misconduct. The email comes in response to a story in The New York Times, which reported that Google protected some of its executives, including Android creator Andy Rubin, from allegations of sexual harassment and even offered them huge payouts to exit the company.
The email said that of the 48 people terminated for sexual harassment, 13 were senior managers and above. It also clarified that none of these individuals received an exit package.
“We are dead serious about making sure we provide a safe and inclusive workplace. We want to assure you that we review every single complaint about sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct, we investigate and we take action,” read the email.
Pichai also said there were newer tools at Google that employees can use to report sexual harassment or misconduct. Google employees can also report sexual misconduct anonymously. The email states that the company has several mechanisms, including Respect@ and annual Internal Investigations Report, to provide transparency in the type of investigations at Google. “We support and respect those who have spoken out. You can find many ways to do this at go/saysomething. You can make a report anonymously if you wish,” the email stated.
Google has updated its policy to require all vice presidents and senior vice presidents to disclose any relationship with a co-worker regardless of reporting line or presence of conflict.
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