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Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Nov 9, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking again about Google and the outcome of last week’s walkout, a man who wants to change his legal age, a social enterprise helping women in Africa and Starbucks new store where people can order using sign language. Happy Friday!

Caroline Berns 

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

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Sexual Harassment

A week after 20,000 employees staged a global walkout at Google, the companies CEO has confirmed that they will change their sexual harassment policies and end the practice of forced arbitration. Google employees welcomed the changes, but some are concerned that they are not going far enough, especially since temp/contract resources (a lot of them being women and people of colour) won’t be protected.


Interesting article about the impact of bringing digitally enabled jobs to development countriesSamasource, a social enterprise working with big companies like Google and Microsoft, is offering training and employment to people in Kenya. Over half of their workforce are women, also thanks to their inclusive work environment that offers maternity benefits and flexible shifts.


In some countries in the world, transgender people are legally allowed to change their gender – but does the same apply to age? A 69 year old Dutch man has now started a legal battle to be recognized 20 years younger, saying he feels discriminated against because of his age and that according to his doctor, his biological age is only 45 years. Read more here.


Starbucks has opened their first sign language store in the US. All employees working in the store in Washington DC are partially or fully deaf and are using sign language (or written orders) to communicate with their customers. Deaf people usually struggle with finding employment because of language barriers and the community is hoping that the new store will raise awareness and also lead to other opportunities.

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