Google promises end to mandatory arbitration for all full-time employees by March 21, 2019
Today Google announced that it will no longer force its full-time employees or Temps, Vendors and Contractors (TVCs) to resolve disputes such as harassment, discrimination or wrongful termination through arbitration, effective March 21st. We commend the company in taking this step so that all its workers can access their civil rights through public court. We will officially celebrate when we see these changes reflected in our policy websites and/or employment agreements.
But make no mistake — the fight is not over. We have yet to hear if the class action ban will be removed. (Update: Wired confirmed from Google that the ban has been lifted.) Google also still works with thousands of suppliers and partners that force arbitration on their own workers.
In fact, 60 million workers in America are subject to forced arbitration. We started this year with a mission to eliminate forced arbitration for all workers, not just those within our four walls.
Thus, six members of our group will head to Washington, D.C. next week to meet with various legislators to advocate for an end to forced arbitration for all workers. On Thursday Feb 28th at 11:30am EST, we will stand with Senators and House Representatives to introduce multiple bills that end the practice of forced arbitration across all employers. We’re calling on Congress to make this a law to protect everyone.
Today was a good day. Now keep going.