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Business News
Alphabet scrutinizing handling of misconduct claims
 
San Francisco, Nov 7 (AFP) Google's parent company Alphabet has confirmed that its board is investigating how executives handled accusations of misconduct including sexual harassment.

"In early 2019, Alphabet's board of directors formed a special litigation committee to consider claims made by shareholders in various lawsuits relating to past workplace conduct," an Alphabet spokesperson told AFP on Wednesday.

The board hired a law firm to help the committee, which was to contact those who filed complaints and scrutinize cases, including one involving the Alphabet chief legal officer, according to a CNBC report citing unspecified material it had seen.

Google in November outlined changes to its handling of sexual misconduct complaints, hoping to calm outrage that triggered a worldwide walkout of workers.

"We recognize that we have not always gotten everything right in the past and we are sincerely sorry for that," chief executive Sundar Pichai said at the time in a message to employees, a copy of which was shared with AFP.

"It's clear we need to make some changes." Pichai promised that Google would be more transparent with how concerns are dealt with, and provide better support and care to those who raise such issues with the company.

Google would provide "more granularity" regarding sexual harassment investigations and their outcomes, according to Pichai.

Google announced updates to its mandatory sexual harassment training and said it would require it annually instead of every two years, as had been the case.

Google also put the onus on team leaders to tighten the tap on booze at company events, on or off campus, to curtail the potential for drunken misbehavior.

Despite the assurances, shareholders filed lawsuits against Alphabet accusing it of covering up sexual misconduct.

Thousands of Google employees joined a coordinated worldwide walkout late last year to protest the US tech giant's handling of sexual harassment.

A massive turnout at the "Googleplex" in Silicon Valley was the final stage of a global walkout that began in Asia and spread to Google offices in Europe.

Some 20,000 Google employees and contractors participated in the protest in 50 cities around the world, according to organizers.

The protest took shape after Google said it had fired 48 employees in the prior two years -- including 13 senior executives -- as a result of allegations of sexual misconduct.

Demands by protestors included putting employee representation on the board.


India, Iran should work to expedite Chabahar Port development, connectivity to Afghanistan: Zarif
Forex reserves rise by USD 58 mn to record high of USD 461.21 bn
India, US in advance-stage talks to resolve trade issues: Goyal
Gadkari urges states to come forward in the drive for curbing accidents
IndusInd Bank down 5.44 pc to Rs 1400.60
Rupee up by 7 paise against USD
CCI directs probe against Amazon, Flipkart
Panic stricken depositors mill around bank after RBI caps withdrawal limit
US removes currency manipulator label on China ahead of inking of trade deal
Flipkart opens two warehouses in Haryana, to create over 5,000 local jobs
Rupee cuts short 5-day gaining streak; edges down 1 paise to 70.87 against dollar
Rupee extends gains by 8 paise to 70.86 against US dollar
Centre to set up panel to examine issues on royalty rates for major minerals
Tata Motors global sales dip 3 pc dip to 97,348 units in Dec
Huawei exec can be extradited to US, Canada attorney general says
Sebi brings new system audit norms for exchanges, clearing corporations
Oil PSU unions oppose BPCL disinvestment
''Rumours'' of Air India''s shutdown baseless: CMD
Smartphone sales buck slowdown on strong urban, rural demand
Sensex jumps over 11 pts; Nifty above 12,250
KERALA NEWS
Kerala govt will continue fight against CAA: Minister
 Thiruvananthapuram: A day after it moved the Supreme Court against the controversial Citizenship Ame  
Sabarimala all set for Makaravilakku; Heavy security at Ayyappa shrine
Nigerian arrested for duping Keralite couple
Police book BJP workers for raising provocative slogans
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Putin's, Xi's ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West
 Moscow: Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping have established themselves as the world's mo
Ukraine PM offers to resign after leaked recording
Top Iran leader: Trump is a 'clown' who will betray Iranians
Musharraf approaches Pak SC to suspend death sentence ruling by special court in high treason case
NATIONAL NEWS
No right to live in India if you can't accept Vande Mataram: Pratap Sarangi
 Surat (Gujarat) [India], Jan 19 (ANI): Accusing Congress of spreading misinformation about the Citiz
Impossible to provide proof of religious persecution under CAA: Assam Min Himanta Biswa
Real problem in country is unemployment, not population: Owaisi
Don't do politics over Nirbhaya case: Kejriwal to BJP
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