Facebook has eliminated from its internal operating policies the imposition that employees involved in a sexual harassment event solve the conflict through private arbitration.
From now on, employees who suffer an episode of sexual harassment will be able to go to the ordinary courts to present the appropriate complaints, although the option of private arbitration is maintained for workers who so wish.
“A year ago Facebook qualified private arbitration as an “official and appropriate” mechanism.”
This change of perspective is a 180 degree turn with respect to Facebook’s opinion about a year ago. During the first months of development of the #MeeToo movement, Facebook published its policy on sexual harassment, arguing that the mechanism of private arbitration was, in its own words, “official and appropriate”.
In addition, Mark Zuckerberg’s company changes its policy of appointments between employees. From now on, employees who maintain a relationship with a partner with a higher rank or manager must notify this fact to the company. Before, it was only necessary to communicate this relationship in case it was a direct supervisor.
The big technology companies have been in the public eye in recent months due to the way they solve these cases. A few days ago, Google changed the basis of its policy of intervention in cases of sexual harassment within the company, after about 20% of employees protested demanding more transparency on their platform Respect, dedicated to these episodes.