Facebook to make arbitration for abuse claims optional

San Francisco: Following Google’s footsteps, Facebook is also planning to do away with its policy of requiring employees to settle sexual harassment claims made against colleagues in private arbitration alone, The Wall Street Journal reported. Facebook announced the new policy in an internal post to staff, the report on Friday said. The rule change will allow Facebook employees to pursue sexual harassment claims in court if they so wish.  Earlier, Google on Thursday announced it was making arbitration optional for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims.

Facebook following the same policy now marks a significant departure from its earlier stan­ce in which it defended the compulsory arbitration policy as “appropriate”. The social networking giant has also up­d­a­ted its inter-office dating po­l­icy to require any executive at a director level or above to di­s­close any romantic relation­sh­ip with another colleague, ev­en if they are not overseeing that employee’s work. —Agencies

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