Microsoft Eliminates Arbitration in Sexual Harassment Cases

Dec. 19, 2017, 6:31 PM

Microsoft Corp. is eliminating a requirement that employees pursue sexual harassment and gender bias claims through arbitration instead of in court, after revelations this year of improper behavior across technology, entertainment and other industries.

The tech giant also endorsed a bill introduced by Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham that would prevent companies from contractually requiring employees to settle these kinds of cases behind closed doors.

“Because the silencing of voices has helped perpetuate sexual harassment, the country should guarantee that people can go to court to ensure these concerns can always be heard,” Microsoft Chief Legal ...

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