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To Protest Mishandling Of Sexual Harassment Cases Google Workers Walk Off

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said "employees have raised constructive ideas" which the company will turn "into action."

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Hundreds of Google employees in Asia walked off the job briefly Thursday as part of a worldwide protest of the company’s handling of sexual harassment cases and its workplace culture.

Hundreds of other Google workers and contractors, most of them women, are also expected Thursday to walk out of nearly two dozen company offices around the world.

The walkouts are the latest indications of employee dissatisfaction that escalated last week after the New York Times reported the internet giant paid millions of dollars in severance pay to male executives accused of harassment without disclosing their wrongful acts.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during a news conference in New Delhi. VOA

The Times report said, for example, that Google paid $90 million in 2014 to then-senior vice president Andy Rubin after he was accused of sexual harassment. Rubin denied the allegations in the article, which Google did not dispute.

The report energized a months-long employee movement to improve treatment of women and minorities and increase diversity. The movement earlier this year included petition drives, meetings with senior executives and training from the workers’ rights group Coworker.org.

Organizers demanded late Wednesday that Google parent Alphabet Inc. add a worker representative to its board of directors and internally disclose pay equity information. Employees also asked the company to revise their human resources practices to make the harassment claims filing process more equitable.

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The logo is displayed at the entrance to the internet based company’s offices in Toronto. VOA

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said “employees have raised constructive ideas” which the company will turn “into action.”

Also Read: People Hope To Get Transparency in System With #MeToo Movement

Dissatisfaction among Alphabet’s 94,000 workers and tens of thousands of contractors has not adversely affected the company’s share price. But employees have said they expect Alphabet to have recruiting and retention problems if the problems are not adequately addressed. (VOA)

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Tech Giant Google Chases Amazon, Debuts Shopping Platform

Details on the wider roll out of Google's shopping feature remain undisclosed as of now

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The Google name is displayed outside the company's office in London, Britain. VOA

In a bid to take on Amazon in the burgeoning e-commerce space, Google has debuted its new shopping platform for the users in the US.

If users accessing the platform log into their Gmail account, the feature will greet them by their names and show tailored suggestions, TechRadar reported on Monday.

To begin with, the company does not intend to start building warehouses to stock products but plans to point shoppers in the direction of a handful of selected retailers, including Costco and Target.

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An Amazon Prime Truck is on the Road in Virginia, transporting thousands of items ordered from online giant Amazon. (D Bekheet/VOA)

“Search for an item and the new site will point you towards products for sale in Google’s own store for devices like Google Home speakers or from its chosen third-party sellers,” the report said.

Some products would also be sold with a “Buy with Google Guarantee”, that would promise a refund for shoppers if the recommended retailer fails to deliver on time.

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Before launching it in the US, Google tested the shopping platform in some parts of the world — including France.

Details on the wider roll out of Google’s shopping feature remain undisclosed as of now. (IANS)