Forced arbitration policy ends at Facebook

On behalf of elizabethtatelaw Attorney at Law posted in Sexual Harassment on Tuesday , November 27, 2018

Arizona residents may use Facebook on a regular basis as a way to stay connected to the world around them. For those who work at the company, they will no longer have to go through private arbitration to resolve sexual harassment cases. This was revealed in a Wall Street Journal report, and the use of private arbitration in such cases is common in the tech industry.

However, Facebook is not the only company that has decided to make such a move as Google has also decided to allow employees to take their cases to court. This happened because of a walkout protesting packages given to executives who left the company after being accused of sexual harassment. Furthermore, managers will need to be more forthright about revealing relationships with colleagues. In the past, this was only necessary if an executive was dating someone whom he or she supervised directly.

A spokesman for the company said that Facebook takes accusations of sexual harassment seriously. According to the statement, altering the workplace relationship protocol and ending forced arbitration were ways that the company shows how seriously it takes the issue. In addition to Facebook and Google, Microsoft and Uber have also ended forced arbitration for employees. Uber did so in May 2018 while Microsoft adjusted its policy in 2017.

Those who receive inappropriate attention at work may be victims of sexual harassment. They may be entitled to take legal action against their employers in an effort to obtain a favorable resolution in the case. This might mean engaging in informal talks with their employer or taking a matter to court. An attorney may be able to help an individual obtain compensation or other forms of relief in the event that a company violates employment law.