Following Google's Lead, Facebook Ends Mandatory Arbitration for Sexual Harassment ClaimsNov 9, 2018
Sustained employee pressure on this issue has helped draw attention to this widely used and disliked practice--notably last week's massive walkout of Google employees after a New York Times investigation revealed that one of the company's top brass, Andy Rubin, had received a $90m golden parachute as he was being pushed out due to repeated issues of sexual misconduct. Yesterday in a company-wide email, CEO Sundar Pichai announced Google would be ending forced arbitration for employees in cases of sexual harassment.
These victories--earned through the work of mass employee outrage and individual whistleblowers like former Uber engineer Susan Fowler--remain incomplete though. In some cases, class-action lawsuits are still prohibited, and Google's changes did not carve out similar rights for the contract workers the company relies heavily upon. (In a Medium post yesterday, organizers have vowed to continue pushing for further reform.) We've asked Facebook if it's also engaged in similar half-measures and will update when we hear back.
Facebook does not prohibit employees from dating one another. It's policies on such relationships are public, and available here.