Google announces end of forced arbitration for sexual harassment claims

The tech giant is responding to protests over how it has handled accusations of sexual harassment. Can the company convince critics it’s serious about reform?

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Google is following up on its promise to bring real change after demonstrators staged a worldwide protest against some of its employment practices.

Protesters had a list of demands, including an end to a common part of many employee contracts in tech: the arbitration clause. The clause forces employees who have a complaint against the company to settle out of court, effectively preventing victims of harassment or assault from speaking publicly.

Now, Google says it will end that practice, specifically for sexual harassment claims.

The New York Times reported:

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