Google has dedicated a site for its employees in making to report complaints about discrimination and harassment. The company’s chief diversity officer, Melonie Parker wrote in a letter to employees that Google has fulfilled its commitments announced in November following an outcry from employees. Parker said the new site will give employees an easier and simpler way to raise concerns. The company is setting up a similar site for its vendors and temporary workforce and it will be ready in June. Google is expanding its Support Person Program following a 4-month trial period. It will enable employees to bring a trusted coworker with them to harassment and discrimination investigations.
The company is also offering a program for its employees to provide better care both during and after an investigation. Google has also published its workplace policies including harassment, discrimination, conduct, and retaliation. The social giant also shared an Investigations Practice Guide mentioning details what Google employees can expect while their concerns are addressed. The company has also just internally published its annual report on misconduct investigations. The current year’s report includes an expanded section regarding sexual harassment investigations.
Parker pointed out that she’ll have regular meetings with Google executives and the Alphabet’s board of directors regarding harassment and misconduct. A number of Google employees have objected to how the company addresses sexual misconduct and harassment, with around 20,000 walking off the job in protest in November in what was known as the Google Walkout. The CEO Sundar Pichai also announced Google would end forced arbitration for sexual harassment and assault, allowing accusers to take their cases to court. It is important that Google Walkout organizers accused the company of retaliation against them over the protest.