Google Ends Forced Arbitration for Employees

Google announced on Thursday that it will no longer require current and future staff to go through mandatory arbitration for disputes with the company. The search giant ended mandatory arbitration regarding allegations of sexual harassment or assault after employee protests last year. The new policy means that employees will have the option of suing the company over an issue, although they will still be able to pursue arbitration if they prefer. Mandatory arbitration often means workers can’t take their employers to court when they complain internally. However, the change will not apply in the same blanket way to the many contractors, vendors, and temporary employees the company uses. The change will take effect March 21.