The tide seems to be turning quickly and dramatically when it comes to the ever-growing wave of workplace sexual harassment claims. Facebook is the most recent employer to rise with that tide. It has just been announced that Facebook will drop its requirement for mandatory arbitration of sexual misconduct claims. Additionally, Facebook will also require director-level executives and those above them to disclose any dating relationships they may have with company employees. This comes after a demand made recently by other Silicon Valley technology workers.
Google made a similar change in its policy after thousands of employees protested by walking off the job due to the company’s handling of sexual misconduct claims against its executives. Those employees were especially appalled because Google reportedly gave large exit packages to executives, even after credible claims of misconduct.
In the past, Facebook employees had to submit to private arbitration. This kept sexual misconduct allegations secret, which enabled abusers to continue their abhorrent behavior. It also prevented employees from suing companies in court. The change of policy at Facebook and other companies will allow victims to press their claims in court instead. In addition to Facebook and Google, other technological companies, including Microsoft and Uber, have dropped mandatory arbitration.
If you have experienced sexual misconduct on the job, the Philadelphia sexual harassment lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. can help. We will uphold your rights and seek the financial compensation you deserve. Please call 215-569-1999 to learn more or contact us online for a free consultation. We are centrally located in Philadelphia, and we proudly serve clients from the surrounding areas, including Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County.