Facebook Eliminates Forced Arbitration


Social Network Eliminates Forced Arbitration for Sexual Harassment Claims

As more states (including New York) ban forced arbitration for sexual harassment claims, several major employers are also eliminating the requirement from their own policies.

Facebook is the latest global company to do so, following Google and Microsoft.

These changes are in line with a growing trend across the country. In the past year, several states have adopted laws banning mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment or other types of employment-related claims. Most recently, New York State, home to about 1,000 Facebook employees and about 5,000 Google employees, made “any clause or provision in any contract which requires . . . the parties submit to mandatory arbitration to resolve any allegations or claims of . . . sexual harassment” “[n]ull and void.”

It is anticipated that other businesses will also make similar policy changes.

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The information included in this blog post originally appeared in articles from JD Supra on November 26, 2018, written by Mathew Beckwith of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.


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