Google Reforms Sexual Misconduct Rules

Associated Press |

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google  (GOOGL) is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over its male-dominated culture.

CEO Sundar Pichai spelled out the concessions in an email sent Thursday to Google employees. On , thousands of the tech giant's workers abandoned their cubicles to protest past cases of alleged sexual harassment and other misconduct involving men.

The reforms are the latest fallout from a broader backlash against men's exploitation of their female subordinates. The movement has spawned the "MeToo" hashtag as a sign of unity and a call for change.

The company will no longer require mandatory arbitration of sexual misconduct allegations and will provide more details about sexual misconduct cases in internal reports.

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