Facebook ends forced arbitration of sexual misconduct claims

Galtero Lara
Noviembre 12, 2018

Facebook will also require executives at the director level to disclose any relationships with company employees to human resources.

Facebook's decision follows that of Google, which announced on Thursday that it would revise its sexual harassment policies.

In a memo to employees, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company would make arbitration available for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims, in addition to providing live support for victims.

The sudden change by Facebook comes on the heels of an employee protest at Google, where they complained of how the tech giant had treated cases of sexual harassment, even rewarding executives indicted with large exit packages, including $90 million paid to senior executive Andy Rubin.

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Facebook following the same policy now marks a significant departure from its earlier stance in which it defended the compulsory arbitration policy as "appropriate".

Facebook also updated its "workpace relationships policy" on Friday, the spokesperson confirmed to CNN Business.

"There are situations where you might not have a direct reporting relationship, but if you have influence over your significant other's projects, performance feedback or rating, it may be a conflict of interest and you should report it to HR", the rules state. "Sexual harassment is something that we take very seriously and there is no place for it at Facebook", the company said in a statement.

Several other companies - including Microsoft, Uber, and Lyft - have dropped forced arbitration clauses from sexual harassment claims, The Verge reported.

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