Facebook, like Google, is stopping forced arbitration of sexual misconduct claims

Marco Green
November 15, 2018

Following a number of walkouts at Google offices worldwide - including at its Mountain View headquarters location where approximately 3000 employees vacated the building - in protest of allegations of sexual assault by executives at the company, the tech giant has chosen to update their policies relating to sexual misconduct.

"We recognize that we have not always gotten everything right in the past and we are sincerely sorry for that", Pichai wrote in the memo, which was first obtained by The New York Times.

Facebook will now also require executives at director level and above to disclose any dating relationships with company employees. "It's clear we need to make some changes".

They had called on Alphabet to add an employee to its board and share gender-related pay data, neither of which Pichai addressed.

"Sexual harassment is something that we take very seriously and there is no place for it at Facebook", it said. Employees can now press their claims in court instead.

'Harassment is never acceptable and alcohol is never an excuse, ' he said.

Porat sought to portray a company that gave its employees "voice" and listened to their demands.

The Google protests last week were sparked by a New York Times report on October 25 revealing that executives were paid out millions in exit packages after they had been credibly accused of harassment. In addition, the company will simplify and improve its platform for reporting claims and provide "more granularity" around sexual harassment investigations and outcomes at the company as part of its Investigations Report.

She told a conference hosted by The Wall Street Journal that she joined employees walking out two weeks ago in protest at how the firm deals with sexual harassment. Porat said. "If you're able to change one thing, you should be able to change more than that". Some teams at the company have already instituted twodrink limits at events or use ticket systems, Google said.

"We will impose more onerous actions if problems persist", Google said.

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