Google ends forced arbitration for its employees

Google will end forced arbitration for employees

Google will end forced arbitration for employees

Google also said temporary workers and contractors will also not be asked from now on to settle disputes privately, but it can do nothing about its suppliers and third parties that find contractors for the company.

Since getting rid of forced arbitration for cases relating to sexual harassment and assault, Google said it has been exploring the issue and ultimately decided on implementing a blanket change. The change means employees will no longer have to take their disputes with Google to an arbitrator ― they'll have the option of suing the company individually or together as a group. Instead, they take them to an arbitrator, usually through an arbitration service that's paid by the employer.

Google will reportedly end forced arbitration for employees.

Google is finally ending forced arbitration for its employees.

After the protest, Google dropped arbitration requirements for sexual harassment claims, but organizers said the change didn't go far enough.

Google workers who staged a walk out late previous year have continued to press the tech giant to drop forced arbitration requirements.

Other tech companies including Facebook, Uber and Microsoft have recently ended forced arbitration for sexual assault and harassment claims. The protest was announced in the wake of a New York Times article that alleged that not only does Google not take action against high-ranking employees found guilty of sexual misconduct, it sweeps the matter under the rug whilst granting a generous exit package to the violators.

And Axios reported that, while the changes will cover firms that sit under Google - such as DeepMind and the X research lab - it will not apply for other Alphabet companies that are separate from Google.

Though some of Google's competitors in Silicon Valley may follow suit, it's unlikely many other US employers will do so.

For contractors Google works with directly, it will remove mandatory arbitration from their contracts. "This is still just the beginning".

The use of forced arbitration has grown steadily over the last few decades, to the point where an estimated 55 percent of USA workers ― roughly 60 million ― are subject to such clauses, according to the Economic Policy Institute. "Collective action works. Worker power works".

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