Manila Times - - World - AP

FACE­BOOK is drop­ping a re­quire­ment for manda­tory ar­bi­tra­tion of sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions, ac­ced­ing to a de­mand re­cently pressed by other Sil­i­con Val­ley tech work­ers. Google made a sim­i­lar change on Thurs­day, a week af­ter thou­sands of em­ploy­ees briefly walked off their jobs to protest how the com­pany han­dled sex­ual- mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions against prom­i­nent ex­ec­u­tives. The move at Face­book, first re­ported by TheWal­lStreetJour­nal, means that em­ploy­ees no longer have to sub­mit to pri­vate ar­bi­tra­tion, which kept mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions se­cret and some­times al­lowed abusers to con­tinue their be­hav­ior. Em­ploy­ees can now press their claims in court in­stead. Other tech com­pa­nies such as Mi­crosoft and Uber have pre­vi­ously dropped manda­tory ar­bi­tra­tion. Face­book will now also re­quire ex­ec­u­tives at di­rec­tor level and above to dis­close any dat­ing re­la­tion­ships with com­pany em­ploy­ees.

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