According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook on Friday ended its policy of requiring employees to deal with sexual harassment charges through private arbitration, following Google. At present, the company allows employees to submit such accusations to the court.
Technology companies have long insisted that employees deal with sexual harassment cases through arbitration to prevent employees from suing companies in court. However, such a situation is changing. In addition to Facebook, Google made similar decisions this week. Prior to this, thousands of Google employees held a strike against the way the company handled sexual harassment allegations.
Late last year, Microsoft made similar policy adjustments. In May, Uber changed its course of action.
Facebook announced the adjustment on Friday. In addition, Facebook has changed its policy on office romance by requiring directors or higher-level employees to disclose whether they have a relationship with their colleagues. Previously, Facebook only asked managers to disclose whether they had a relationship with their subordinates.
Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison said in a statement: "Today, we have released an updated workplace romance policy, revised our arbitration agreement and made arbitration an option rather than a mandatory requirement in sexual harassment charges. We are very serious about sexual harassment, which has no place in Facebook. " (Zhang Fan)
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