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What Is Forced Arbitration And Why Do Google Employees Want Congress To Put a Stop To It?

Google employees won their own battle against forced arbitration, and now they’re calling on Congress to end it everywhere. Several “Googlers” are hosting a phone drive on May 1st encouraging people to call their Congress members to vote in favor of the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, according to the Verge. Employees have been fighting for change  within the company for months. In November, a walkout prompted Google leadership to change its forced arbitration policies in March, allowing cases of discrimination and sexual harassment to be handled in court. The company later expanded the policy to include all cases. Other tech companies like Facebook and Salesforce have also changed their policies since the protests. Google also recently announced that changes would be made to the way employees can report misconduct. “The commitments we made in November aren’t just about changing policies or launching new programs,” Google’s Global Director of Diversity, Equity &...

Arriana McLymore

Apr 30, 2019

After Multiple Protests, Google Is Updating How It Handles Employee Misconduct Reports

Google has had its fair share of workplace drama following a 20,000- employee walkout in November. Since then, the company has rolled out new policies and initiatives to help its employees feel more comfortable in reporting issues and concerns. Today, the company announced that even more changes are on the way. “The commitments we made in November aren’t just about changing policies or launching new programs,” Google’s Global Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Melonie Parker said in a blog post . “We want every Googler to walk into a workplace filled with dignity and respect.” The company is revamping how employees can report misconduct by building out a new platform for people to voice issues. The company is also developing a separate website for temp and contract workers. The company will also let employees bring colleagues to harassment and discrimination investigations for emotional support. The updates come after months of employees pushing for more racial and gender...

Arriana McLymore

Apr 26, 2019

Google Ends Forced Arbitration Policy. Meaning Employees Can Now Take The Company To Court

Google will no longer stop its employees from taking the tech giant to court, which puts an end to its forced arbitration practices. The new rule kicks in on March 21; however, the rules will not apply to contractors, vendors and temps, who make up about half of the company’s workforce. Nearly 20,000 Google employees walked out of work in November to protest Google and other companies’ force arbitration rules along with a list of other grievances. Google responded by ending force arbitration on sexual harassment and discrimination cases, but is now ending the rule for all cases. The protest also encouraged other major tech companies like Facebook, Airbnb and Square to end force arbitration in November. Google’s latest leap may be a big win for full-time employees, but that may not be the case for contractors and temps. As Recode’s Shirin Ghaffary points out , most temp workers are employed by third parties and not by Google itself. This portion of their workforce not being included...

Arriana McLymore

Feb 22, 2019