The planned changes come a week after thousands of employees walked out over the company’s handling of sexual misconduct cases.
Last week, 20,000 Google employees around the world walked out of work to protest the company’s handling of sexual misconduct claims, in one of the largest instances of tech worker collective action in history. Today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai formally responded to employees’ concerns.
Overall, organizers gained some wins in their demands. Helping to put an end to forced arbitration in sexual misconduct cases is a major change that could have a ripple effect across other large companies.
But some of the workers’ demands were unmet or only partially addressed.
“We commend this progress, and the rapid action which brought it about,” wrote the Google walkout organizers in a statement this afternoon. But they said the company must also address “issues of systemic racism and discrimination, including pay equity and rates of promotion, and not just sexual harassment alone.”
There are also still some unanswered questions about the specifics of management’s proposed changes, especially whether they apply in full to the temporary,