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Google bows to worker pressure on sexual misconduct policy

Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after thousands of high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over its male-dominated culture. Google bowed to one of the protesters main demands by dropping mandatory arbitration of all sexual misconduct cases. That will now be optional, so workers can choose to sue in court and present their case in front of a jury. It mirrors a change made by ride-hailing service Uber after complaints from its female employees prompted an internal investigation. The probe concluded that its rank had been poisoned by rampant sexual harassment. Google s leaders and I have heard your feedback and have been moved by the stories you ve shared, CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to Google employees. We recognize that we have not always gotten everything right in the past and we are sincerely sorry for that. It s clear we need to make some changes. Thursday s email was obtained by The ...

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