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Google Will End Forced Arbitration For Employees

Google said it will no longer require current and future staff to go through mandatory arbitration for disputes with the company. “The change goes into effect on March 21,” reports CNET. “The search giant will also remove mandatory arbitration from its own employment agreements with contract and temporary staff, though the change won’t impact staffing firms.” From the report: This comes after Google employees in November walked out of their offices to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment claims. One of their demands was to end forced arbitration in cases of sexual harassment and discrimination. In January, some Google employees launched a social media campaign to pressure the company and other tech companies to drop mandatory arbitration. Mandatory arbitration often means workers can’t take their employers to court when they complain internally. The campaign organizers said 60 million Americans are affected by forced arbitration.

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