Facebook ends forced arbitration for sexual harassment complaints

Facebook will no longer force employees to resolve sexual harassment requirements in private arbitration, following a similar change on Google yesterday, according to Wall Street Journal. Facebook announced the announcement of news to employees internally today, and vice president of people Lori Goler told Journal that it will "be part of taking the next step" at "a pivotal moment" in the technology industry. It also announced an updated policy for dating among employees, requiring executives to communicate a romantic relationship with another employee, even though they do not supervise employee work.

Several companies – including Microsoft, Uber and Lift – have lost forced arbitration crimes from sexual harassment requirements. But Google's change was particularly high-profile because it was made after an estimated 20 percent of employees participated in a protocol for mass problems last week. Arbitration was just one of the protesters' demands, and their negotiations with Google remain persistent.

Goles told Journal that sexual harassment has been widely discussed within Facebook, but apparently she has not discussed more extensive changes in enterprise policy. The company did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Facebook announced its full internal harassment policy last year, during the first months of the # MeToo Movement Against Sexual Assault and Harassment. But Facebook defended its forced arbitration policy earlier this year, called the process "official and appropriate."