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Facebook to Drop Forced Arbitration in Harassment Cases

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Friday that it would no longer force employees to settle sexual harassment claims in private arbitration, making it the latest technology company to do away with a practice that critics say has stacked the deck against victims of harassment. Facebook acted one day after …

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Bits: The Week in Tech: Social Media Faces Another Election Test

Crazy, right? Not so fast, says my colleague Kevin Roose. We shouldn’t be letting Facebook off the hook so easily. It was months of pressure that made Facebook take disinformation issues seriously. Just because we made it through the midterms without a significant impact from disinformation doesn’t mean meddlers won’t …

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Google, After Employee Walkout, Overhauls Sexual Misconduct Policy

SAN FRANCISCO — Google said on Thursday it would end the practice of forced arbitration for claims of sexual harassment or assault after more than 20,000 employees staged a walkout last week to protest how the internet company handles cases of sexual misconduct. Workers at Google had called for an …

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Corner Office: Sundar Pichai of Google: ‘Technology Doesn’t Solve Humanity’s Problems’

You started at Google 14 years ago. Does it still feel like the same company you joined? When I first joined Google I was struck by the fact that it was a very idealistic, optimistic place. I still see that idealism and optimism a lot in many things we do …

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State of the Art: Why the Google Walkout Was a Watershed Moment in Tech

“We have an incredibly engaged group of people, and we aren’t going to stop escalating this,” she continued. “The group isn’t really going to back down from this or a host of other things. The walkout was not like a blowing-off-steam exercise.” The walkout was sparked by a specific grievance: …

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Google Workers Reject Silicon Valley Individualism in Walkout

The most remarkable aspect of the walkout at Google last week may not have been that an estimated 20,000 people participated or that it had global reach, or even that it came together in less than a week. It was the way the organizers identified their action with a broader …

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Google Employees Stage Walkouts Over Handling of Harassment

Employees at Google offices around the world held a wave of walkouts on Thursday to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment. The walkouts, which started in Asia and spread across continents, were planned for around 11 a.m. in their time zones. Protests were expected through the day in Google …

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Over 1,500 at Google Plan Walkout to Protest Handling of Sexual Harassment

The meeting did little to quell the anger. On Friday, Ms. Stapleton said, she created an internal mailing list to organize a walkout. More than 200 employees joined over the weekend, she said, and the numbers have since grown to more than 1,500. On Tuesday, Richard DeVaul, one of the …

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Alphabet Executive Resigns After Harassment Accusation

SAN FRANCISCO — Richard DeVaul, a director at the X unit of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, resigned from the company on Tuesday after he was accused in a New York Times article published last week of sexually harassing a female job applicant. Star Simpson, a hardware engineer, said that in …

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