Google Rejected Employees’ Plea to Reform Its Sexual Harassment Policy. Here’s Why That Is a Big Mistake

by Evil HR Lady on June 24, 2019

Google employees walked out in protest over sexual harassment policies and practices and last week, the shareholders submitted a reasonable proposal that failed (along with all other shareholder proposals). Here’s the proposal:

RESOLVED, Shareholders request management review its policies related to sexual harassment to assess whether the Company needs to adopt and implement additional policies and to report its findings, omitting proprietary information and prepared at a reasonable expense by December 31, 2019.

Now, I understand why this didn’t pass–it never had a chance because the board recommended against it and  Larry Page and Sergey Brin themselves control 51 percent of the vote. If you don’t convince those two, it doesn’t matter how brilliant your suggestion is–it’s not passing.

But, this was a mistake. A big one. Rejecting a proposal to assess sexual harassment policies basically states we’re happy as we are.

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grannybunny June 24, 2019 at 3:22 pm

Geez, the proposal wasn’t even to REVISE their sexual harassment policies, just to REVIEW them, and even that couldn’t pass? But, then, none of their shareholder proposals pass, since the two founders hold the majority of the shares. One more black mark for Google.

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Elizabeth West June 24, 2019 at 6:08 pm

Remember when their slogan used to be, “Don’t be evil”? 😛

How the mighty have fallen.

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c andrew June 24, 2019 at 7:50 pm

Yup. Somewhere Goolag has misplaced an n-apostrophe-t…

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jdgalt June 24, 2019 at 9:44 pm

Google has much larger problems than unhappy employees. Its biased search results and one-sided deplatforming policy (applied to Youtube) have forfeited the public’s trust and will soon drive it to bankruptcy. We can only hope that at least some of its more useful parts end up in the hands of people who aren’t similarly outrageous extremists.

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