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Larry Page Must Address Harassment: Google Workers

A Google spokesperson referred to an earlier statement, saying: "We prohibit retaliation in the workplace and publicly share our very clear policy

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

After staging a global walkout and sit-in protest against workplace harassment, Google employees now demand that parent company Alphabet’s CEO Larry Page must immediately meet them and publicly address their concerns.

In a post on online publishing platform Medium, the group “Google Walkout For Real Change” said the company has had six months to meet these demands.

“In that time, they’ve partially met only one of them. Not only that, but the company has begun retaliating against some of the Walkout organisers,” the group said on Wednesday.

Last November, nearly 20,000 Google employees across the world walked out following the company’s mishandling of sexual harassment allegations.

“The walkout was a turning point: a moment where Googlers called on the company to do right by its people. We issued a clear, articulate, and actionable set of demands,” the group added.

“Larry controls Alphabet’s board and has the individual authority to make changes, where others do not.

“Google seems to have lost its mooring, and trust between workers and the company is deeply broken.

“As the company progresses from crisis to crisis, it is clear Google management is failing, along with HR. It’s time to put HR on a PIP (Performance Improvement Plan) and bring in someone we trust to supervise it. It’s time to escalate,” the group warned.

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

Google employees also staged a sit-in protest at the IT major’s offices across the world on May 1.

Two Google employees, Claire Stapleton and Meredith Whittaker who helped organise the walkout in November, faced trouble for their action.

“We call on Google to unblock Meredith’s transfer, and allow her to continue her work as before, fully funded and supported, and to allow Claire to transfer to a new team without continued retaliation and interference,” the group demanded.

Google employees also called for a transparent, open investigation of HR and its “abysmal handling of employee complaints related to working conditions, discrimination, harassment and retaliation”.

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“Google’s HR department is broken. Over and over again it prioritizes the company and the reputation of abusers and harassers over their victims. The collateral damage is all around us. Time is up. We need third party investigators. Even Uber did this,” the group wrote.

A Google spokesperson referred to an earlier statement, saying: “We prohibit retaliation in the workplace and publicly share our very clear policy.

“To make sure that no complaint raised goes unheard at Google, we give employees multiple channels to report concerns, including anonymously, and investigate all allegations of retaliation.” (IANS)

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Google Now Lets Users Order Food via Search, Maps, Assistant

Users can ask Google Assistant to repeat a previous order as well

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

Saving people the trouble of having to download an additional app, Google is now letting users order food directly via Search, Maps, or Assistant using its partnerships with delivery companies.

Google has added a new “Order Online” button on Search and Maps which would appear when users would search for a supported restaurant, The Verge reported on Thursday.

Users can pick between pickup and delivery and select which service they want to order their food through.

If the restaurant supports it, the ordering selections would be made entirely through Google’s interface and Google Pay.

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Delivery man Ujjwal Singhal working with the food delivery app Swiggy carries an order to a customer in New Delhi, India, Feb. 6, 2019. (Representational image). VOA

Users can ask Google Assistant to repeat a previous order as well.

However, it remains unclear whether or not the feature would work on Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers or smart displays.

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The new functionality supports five different delivery services at launch – DoorDash, Postmates, Delivery.com, Slice, and ChowNow – and Google plans to add support for Zuppler and others in the future, the report added.

Recently, the search-engine giant revamped the Search interface for mobile with a new design that would help mobile users better understand which information is coming from where and what are they looking for. (IANS)