Google is putting an end to forced arbitration for employees

Google is putting an end to forced arbitration for employees

Forced arbitration ensures workplace disputes are settled behind closed doors and without any right to an appeal.

Google in Novemberended forced arbitration for sexual harassment claims, a move that was followed by Facebook, Airbnb and eBay.

Alphabet Inc.'s (GOOGL.O) Google will end the practice of asking employees to sign away their right to sue the company, after months of worker protests over the issue. This means employees can choose whether they want to sue or enter arbitration.

This is a direct response to a group of outspoken Google employees protesting the company's arbitration practices.

Google is finally ending forced arbitration for its employees.

The company said Thursday that the change will take effect March 21 and will apply to current and future employees.

Google workers staged a walk out late a year ago and continued to press the tech giant to drop forced arbitration. Tech industry organizers have likewise pushed the organization to provide equal treatment to those workers, and in an announcement today, the organizers said they would meet with officials next week to press for a total restriction on forced arbitration.

As a result, the company has now dropped forced arbitration in all cases.

Google appears to be meeting that demand for employees - but the change will not apply in the same blanket way to the many contractors, vendors and temporary employees it uses, said Axios.

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

Mandatory arbitration remains a common policy for many companies, with the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit think tank, finding that more than 60 million American employeesworked under the agreements.

"This victory never would have happened if workers hadn't banded together, supported one another, and walked out", Google Walkout for Real Change wrote on Twitter. "This is still just the beginning". In the case known as Epic Systems v. Lewis, several workers had sued their employers over the use of class-action waivers in forced arbitration agreements, arguing that it ran afoul of the bedrock USA law enshrining collective bargaining rights.

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