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Hundreds of Google employees have signed a petition calling on the company to improve the way it handles cases of sexual harassment, and accusing it of “pushing” employees to seek mental health support when they allege instances of harassment.

The demands come after a Google employee named Ming Tao publicly claimed she was raped by a colleague and accused the company of dragging her through a bureaucratic process that made her feel “helpless.”

In an interview with Insider, Tao said she had been in touch with human resources and had received resources on therapy from Google’s employment assistance program (EAP), but she said there’s been a lack of transparency around the investigation. She also said that while she was already on leave when she reported the incident, she has since had her corporate access cut off. 

Google said Tao is still a full-time employee, and it is currently investigating her allegations.

“We have been in frequent contact with Ming during her leave, and continue to provide support and make resources available to her. We take her complaint incredibly seriously, and we’re actively working on this matter,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

Google’s handling of sexual-misconduct allegations has been a hot-button …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Technology


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