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Google Employees Demand The End of Forced Arbitration
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On the heels of an employee-led protest against Google, a group of 35 Google employees is banding together to take it a step further and end the practice of forced arbitration across the entire tech industry.

Forced arbitration ensures workplace disputes are settled behind closed doors and without any right to an appeal. These types of agreements effectively prevent employees from suing companies. Following the walkout last month, Google got rid of forced arbitration for sexual harassment and sexual assault claims, offering more transparency around those investigations and more. Airbnb, eBay and Facebook quickly followed suit.

However, optional arbitration at Google  is only granted for full-time employees, which does not include the thousands of contract workers at the company. Now, a group of Google employees is demanding an end to forced arbitration, as it relates to any case of discrimination, across the entire industry.

As the employees note on Medium, arbitration is still forced for discrimination cases pertaining to race, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, age and ability. Additionally, employee contracts in the U.S. still have an arbitration waiver, the employees wrote.

“We have not heard of any plan to render these waivers null and void,” employees wrote on Medium. “Google operates in 52 countries where arbitration laws vary, and leadership has not addressed these variances. What should we expect?”

Moving forward, they’re asking other tech workers to join them in their fight to end forced arbitration for all forms of harassment and discrimination. They’re also calling on elected officials to support the Arbitration Fairness Act, as well as Restoring Justice for Workers Act.

“We are already engaging with multiple organizations and can help connect the dots through educational materials and organizing resources,” they wrote. “2019 must be the year to end a system of privatized justice that impacts over 60 million workers in the US alone.”

Google declined to comment, saying, “nothing more to share at this time” and linking to Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s note to employees last month.

Distributor resmi mesin digital printing di indonesia, partner Liyuindonesia
Sebenarnya ini bukan masalahnya Google doang, tapi hampir semua perusahaan internasional besar. Mereka pikir bisa lakukan apa aja semaunya. Senang juga liat para pekerja bersatu n berjuang buat upah minimum n keadilan.
bikin perusahaan emang gak gampang yo
Distributor resmi mesin digital printing di indonesia, partner Liyuindonesia
Teguh, sebenarnya bikin perusahaan itu ngga susah kok. Yang susah itu bikin perusahaan internasional yg guede banget. Di perusahaan2 macam ini banyak peraturan yg dilanggar, dan hak hukum bisa berubah jadi peraturan sama hak internal perusahaan. Ya nggak sih?
Yah entah itu kelasnya internasional apa bukan, menurutku semua perusahaan musti menghormati UU dan regulasi tenaga kerja. Saya liat karyawan2 Google udah bagus banget krn mereka menyuarakan soal itu dan menegaskan ke perusahaan batasan mereka di mana.

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