Google’s response to its handling of sexual harassment cases met with protests by thousands.
The ex-Fox new anchor Gretchen Carlson had reported to the CEO about harassment from some male co-workers. He later filed a lawsuit that entails that Roger Ailes, the CEO replied with added harassment.
She had filed the complaint in the Superior court of New Jersey in 2016 and it included a statement from the CEO that said,“I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago, and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better. Sometimes problems are easier to solve.”
This went on to be a high profile case that led to Ailes losing his job as the CEO and chairman of Fox News after 20 years of his tenure.
The limelight to this case outside of Fox news is by the virtue of fact that Carlson had filed a lawsuit and not chosen to go through the secret arbitration process.
On Thursday, exactly a week following the walkout of 20000 Google associates globally as a part of their protest to Google’s response to sexual harassment cases, Google finally removed forced arbitration in cases involving sexual harassment and assault. This was one of the demands of the employees, vendors, contractors and temporary workers that took to the protest.
Earlier, forced arbitration has been waived off by Microsoft, Uber and Lyft. This is despite the ruling by the supreme court that mandated arbitration.
Most employers favour arbitration to avoid bad publicity but it often puts the interest of the harassed on the backseat.