Google is finally ending forced arbitration for its employees. These changes will go into effect for both current and future Google employees on March 21.
While Google will not reopen settled claims, current employees may litigate past claims starting March 21.
For contractors Google works with direct, it will remove the arbitration from their contracts. The caveat, however, is that it will not require outside firms that employ contractors to do the same. Still, Google says it will notify suppliers so that they can see if that approach would work for them
This is a direct response to a group of outspoken Google employees protesting company's arbitration practices. Last month, a group of Google employees took to Twitter and Instagram in an attempt to educate the public about forced arbitration. That was about one month after that same group of 35 employees banded together to demand Google end forced arbitration as it relates to any case of discrimination.
Forced arbitration ensures that workplace disputes are settled behind closed doors and without any right to appeal.
Following the massive, 20,000-person walkout at Google in November, Google got rid of forced arbitration for sexual harassment and sexual assault claims, offering more transparency around those investigations and more. Airbnb, eBay and Facebook quickly follow suit.
Since it has been removed from forced arbitration for cases relating to sexual harassment and assault, Google said it has been exploring the issue and ultimately decided on implementing a blanket change