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What were the allegations against Rubin?

Asked on 11-01-2019 by Devansh Patel

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Around 2012, Rubin, with his godlike stature at Google, started dating a co-worker However, in 2013, the woman wanted to sever ties with Rubin, but was afraid that it would affect her career. Rubin allegedly used this power disparity to coerce the woman into oral sex at a hotel room. The relationship ended soon afterwards, and the woman filed a complaint in 2014.

What happened in the Google employees' walk out?

Asked on 11-01-2019 by Sanvi Mehra

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On November 3, 2018, over 20,000 Google employees across 50 cities in the world walked out of their offices to protest against the company's mishandling of sexual misconduct cases. The sexual harassment allegation against Android creator Andy Rubin was at the core of the agitation.

What did Google employees demand during the protest?

Asked on 11-01-2019 by Rishika Dasgupta

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Apart from calls to end the practice of forced arbitration, employees demanded a focused and concerted push to narrow the wage gap between men and women, a public transparency report on sexual harassment, a clear and improved process of reporting sexual misconduct, and an employee representative on Google's board.

What changes did Google bring to its sexual harassment policy?

Asked on 11-01-2019 by Sai Patel

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Following the walk out, Google CEO Sundar Pichai informed employees that Google would end forced arbitration - the practice of settling sexual harassment cases behind closed doors. Additionally, Pichai promised to set up support systems for people who come forward, revamp the investigation process, and create more transparency by sharing data on harassment claims and investigation outcomes.

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