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Google bows to worker pressure on sexual misconduct policy

Google bows to worker pressure on sexual misconduct policy

Technology
Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after thousands of high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over its male-dominated culture. Google bowed to one of the protesters' main demands by dropping mandatory arbitration of all sexual misconduct cases. That will now be optional, so workers can choose to sue in court and present their case in front of a jury. It mirrors a change made by ride-hailing service Uber after complaints from its female employees prompted an internal investigation. The probe concluded that its rank had been poisoned by rampant sexual harassment. "Google's leaders and I have heard your feedback and have been moved by the stories you've shared," CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to Google empl...
Uber ends forced arbitration for sex misconduct victims — but only for individuals

Uber ends forced arbitration for sex misconduct victims — but only for individuals

Technology
The rideshare company Uber announced Tuesday that it is doing away with a rule that forced arbitration on passengers and drivers who come forward claiming they've been sexually harassed or assaulted. But the move is drawing some criticism for applying only to individuals and not class-action suits. The policy shift was detailed in a letter titled "Turning the lights on" published on the company's site. Uber's Chief Legal Officer Tony West wrote that the company "will no longer require mandatory arbitration for individual claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment by Uber riders, drivers or employees." This update, he continued, will "give riders, drivers and employees options to continue taking accusations of harassment or assaults into arbitration, but also allow for a confidential...
Hoffman faces more sexual misconduct allegations

Hoffman faces more sexual misconduct allegations

Entertainment
US actor Dustin Hoffman is facing more claims of sexual misconduct as two women make new allegations.Playwright Cori Thomas claims the now 80-year-old star exposed himself to her when she was 16, dropping his towel in front of her after she had dinner with him and his daughter.She told Variety she came to know Mr Hoffman as a classmate of his daughter, and was invited into a hotel room with him after the three of them had dinner.Ms Thomas explained he had a shower after his daughter left, and came out wearing a towel, which he dropped in front of her, exposing himself.He then put on a dressing gown and asked her to massage his feet.He is accused of repeatedly asking Ms Thomas if she wanted to see him naked again.Variety also spoke to a woman called Melissa Kester, who claims the veteran Ho...
Louis CK: Sexual misconduct claims 'true'

Louis CK: Sexual misconduct claims 'true'

Entertainment
American comedian Louis CK has said the allegations of sexual misconduct against him are true.He issued a statement as his new film I Love You Daddy was scrapped by its distributor after five women made claims against the Emmy-winning performer.Comedy actresses Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov are among the accusers and they told the New York Times he had masturbated in front of them after inviting them to his hotel room after a show in 2002.Another actress, Abby Schachner, said the comedian masturbated while he was on the phone to her when she called to invite him to one of her shows.Rebecca Corry, a comedian, claimed the actor asked her if he could masturbate in front of her in 2005.The fifth woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate whil...
FBI's liaison to Congress cited for misconduct

FBI's liaison to Congress cited for misconduct

Technology
The former top federal prosecutor in Nevada has been cited for misconduct in an 8-year-old sex discrimination case. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined earlier this year that a former female prosecutor was subjected to sex discrimination and retaliation while Greg Brower was in charge of the U.S. attorney's office in Nevada from January 2008 to October 2009, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported ( http://bit.ly/2tgYgdn ) Thursday. Brower is currently the FBI's top liaison with Congress during its investigation in Russian election meddling. He was also a former Nevada legislator. The eight-page decision by the commission issued May 19 was obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. It supports an administrative judge's opinion that Brower acted hostile toward the pros...