This news, paired with stories about several other men being rewarded for very bad behavior, sparked an internal movement at Google and on November 1, thousands of Google employees around the world walked out of their jobs in protest, demanding change.
In an attempt to address a key criticism of how the company failed to adequately deal with sexual assault claims when made against senior management, the CEO said Google will make arbitration optional for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims.
Google will provide more details about sexual misconduct cases in internal reports available to all employees.
"While Google has championed the language of diversity and inclusion, substantive actions to address systemic racism, increase equity, and stop sexual harassment have been few and far between", the employee statement reads.
Organisers of Google's protests were also deliberate about including contract workers in their original demands.
Google will also be expanding its Investigations Report to include a count of "substantiated or partially substantiated" claims over time, as well as trends, disciplinary actions, and substantiation percentages.
With regard to training, Google says that starting next year, all employees will be required to complete sexual harassment training annually (it is now required every two years).
Excessive alcohol: Harassment is never acceptable and alcohol is never an excuse.
"But one of the most common factors among the harassment complaints made today at Google is that the perpetrator had been drinking". It will offer extended counseling, support for accommodations and leaves, and it will put together a team of advisors on the Employee Relations team focused on sexual harassment and discrimination claims.
An estimated 20,000 Google employees and contractors took part in the protests across 50 cities worldwide on 1 November.
"We have an aspiration to be the best company in the world", Rodriguez said.
"We're revamping the way we handle and look into your concerns. we will update and expand our mandatory sexual harassment training".
Google employees walked out in protest.
Pichai has promised to collect feedback from workers after they walked out in the wake of a New York Times story that detailed allegations of sexual misconduct against a handful of Google employees including Android software creator Andy Rubin and Richard DeVaul, a director at Google's X lab.
In an unsigned letter, Google protesters demanded an end to forced arbitration in harassment and discrimination cases, which required employees to forfeit their right to sue and typically included a confidentiality agreement.