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Sundar Pichai on stage at Google’s 2014 Google I/O Conference. Credit: Maurizio Pesce via Wiki commons

Google Inc. CEO Sundar Pichai announced Thursday an “action plan” aimed at addressing sexual harassment and inequality at the tech giant, tweaking arbitration policies, training requirements and reporting processes in response to criticism that the company protected top executives and enabled misconduct to persist.

Pichai’s memo to employees comes after thousands of employees at Google staged a walkout last week at the company’s California headquarters and offices around the country. The protest followed a New York Times report that noted instances where the company allegedly suppressed accusations of sexual misconduct among top executives.

Google joins an ever-growing list of companies that have been forced to reckon with accusations of workplace power imbalances between male and female colleagues. In the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, many large companies have updated internal policies and sought to curtail the use of nondisclosure agreements that can silence victims of abuse.

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