GOOGLE employees organize to fight cyber bullying at work.

ABOUT 100 Google US employees concerned about cyber bullying inside the company have organized into a group proposing new policies-

For conduct at the unit of Alphabet Inc, five people involved in the effort said in recent interviews.

THREE current employees and two others helping helping to organize the group said it formed last fall.

They said among its proposals, which have not previously been reported in detail, are that Google should tighten rules of conduct for internal forums and hire staff to enforce them.

They said they want to stop *inflammatory conversation* and personal attacks on the forums and see punishment for individuals who regularly derail discussions or leak conversations.

The group also wants Google to list *rights and responsibilities* for accusers, defendants, managers and investigators in human resources cases.

The group also desires greater protection for employees targeted by what it views as insincere complaints to human resources used as a bullying tactics and goading.

The organizers said Google should be more attuned to when people seeking to stir animosity or expressing views opposite the company's stated values try to take over-

Discussions about race, gender and other sensitive subjects.

The group is speaking informally to mid-level executives, hoping they will take up the cause with senior management, organizers said.

Self-described conservatives at Google have also raised their very own concerns.

The split among Google employees reflects growing polarization across the United States since  President Donald Trump was elected.

Other companies and industries have also been hit by corporate scandals involving diversity and harassment

Google counts on   open dialogue to strengthen products and morale, and prides itself on fostering an environment in which subordinates can challenge managers.

Debates about politics and science flow freely on its private, online discussion boards.

But discussions have become more hostile and abusive since an engineer on internal forums last summer, wrote that women are biologically unsuited for technology jobs.

Google fired the engineer, James Damore, or perpetuating stereotypes, sparking more heated conversations.

The *Operational Research* publishing continues to Part-2.


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