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Facebook to make arbitration for harassment claims optional

IANS  |  San Francisco 

Following Google's footsteps, is also planning to do away with its policy of requiring employees to settle claims made against colleagues in private alone, reported.

announced the new policy in an internal post to staff, the report on Friday said.

The rule change will allow employees to pursue claims in court if they so wish.

Earlier, on Thursday announced that it was making optional for individual and sexual assault claims.

outlined the new sexual harassment policy after over 20,000 employees staged a global walkout last week in protest against sexual harassment at the company and its improper handling of sexual misbehaviour allegations against top executives.

Facebook following the same policy now marks a significant departure from its earlier stance in which it defended the compulsory policy as "appropriate".

The has also updated its inter-office dating policy to require any at a or above to disclose any romantic relationship with another colleague, even if they are not overseeing that employee's work.

Several other companies -- including Microsoft, Uber, and -- have dropped forced arbitration clauses from sexual harassment claims, The Verge reported.



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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 13:10 IST