Google wants to clear the air about its culture of harassment—but that means letting specifics emerge.
The company is facing renewed scrutiny over how it addresses claims of sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace, an issue that led to a walkout in November. The company has promised reform and more transparency.
Pichai tried to position Google’s history as part of a national reckoning—and to deflect blame for the company’s actions before he became CEO.
“We are grappling with it, as are many places,” he said of the #metoo era and more and more women from all walks of life and industry coming forward with claims of sexual harassment, workplace discrimination and sexual assault.
Perhaps, but the digital kingpin offered scant specifics beyond promises of more transparency and change as he tried to assure critics that “the past couple of years shows” – AKA since he took over in 2015.
However, his tone was somewhat defiant.
In a press conference after the #GoogleWalkout, CEO Sundar Pichai reasserted his authority.