1/3 of Tech Employees: My Company Has Given Generous Exit Packages to Employees Accused of Sexual Misconduct

In September, we asked tech employees this question: Should companies end forced arbitration provisions in employee contracts? Overall, 71% responded with ‘YES.’ Perhaps even more interesting, 78% of Google employees responded with ‘YES’, which was the second highest percentage among all companies with at least 50 employee responses.

Earlier this month, Google employees walked out of work and demanded changes in how sexual harassment and discrimination are handled by the company. This was prompted by a New York Times investigation, which uncovered that former Google executives accused of sexual misconduct were paid multimillion-dollar severance packages to leave the company.

Listed first among the demands was that Google end forced arbitration in harassment and discrimination cases. Since the walkout, CEO Sundar Pichai, announced that the company will be ending forced arbitration in cases of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

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We decided to survey our community of tech employees and see how prevalent this is. We asked users to answer ‘TRUE’ or ‘FALSE’ to this statement: I believe my company has given generous exit packages to employees who left due to allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Overall, 33% answered that the statement was ‘TRUE’ and that their company has given exit packages to employees accused of sexual misconduct. We also broke down the results by individual company. Here’s what we found:

  • 69.25% of employees responded with ‘TRUE.’ This was the highest of any company with at least 50 unique employee responses to the survey.
  • The only other company with more than half of employees answering with ‘TRUE’ is Intel, with 55%.
  • Facebook finished with the lowest percentage of employees answering with ‘TRUE,’ with just over 20%.

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More survey details:
The survey ran from November 1 through November 5, 2018, and was answered by 4,538 users of the Blind app. Users could only answer once.

What do you think about our survey results? Let us know on Twitter @teamblindapp.

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