Erica Flores

Facebook is ending forced arbitration for complaints of sexual harassment

Facebook will no longer force employees to resolve sexual harassment claims in private arbitration, after a similar change in Google yesterday, according to The Wall Street Journal. It was reported that Facebook announced the news to employees internally today, and People Vice President Lori Goler told the diary who wants to "be part of taking the next step" in "a crucial moment" in the technology industry. He also announced an updated policy on appointments between employees, which requires executives to reveal any romantic relationship with another employee, even if they are not supervising the work of that employee.

Several companies, including Microsoft, Uber and Lyft, have removed the forced arbitration clauses from sexual harassment claims. But Google's change was particularly important because it took place after approximately 20 percent of employees participated in a mass protest last week. Arbitration was only one of the protesters' demands, and their negotiations with Google continue.

Goler told the diary That sexual harassment has been widely discussed on Facebook, but apparently she did not discuss any radical changes in the company's policy. Facebook published its full internal harassment policy at the end of last year, during the first months of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment. However, Facebook defended its forced arbitration policy earlier this year, calling the process "official and appropriate."

In a statement, the director of corporate media relations, Anthony Harrison, confirmed that Facebook was doing optional arbitration. "Today, we publish our updated Relationship Policy in the workplace and amend our arbitration agreements so that arbitration is an election rather than a requirement in sexual harassment claims," ​​he said. The edge. "Sexual harassment is something we take very seriously, and there is no place for it on Facebook."

Update 6:20 PM ET: Facebook statement added.