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[$$] Google to End Forced Arbitration for Sexual-Harassment Claims

Google said it would end its requirement for employee sexual-harassment claims to be handled in private arbitration, a move that comes one week after thousands of workers walked out of the company’s offices around the world to protest its handling of workplace issues. In a memo on Thursday, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told staff that Google will also include greater detail on sexual-harassment claims in regular reports and provide more services to employees who raise concerns, including counseling and career support. The internet giant said earlier this year it wouldn’t renew a contract supporting the U.S. Defense Department’s drone-targeting program after hundreds of Google workers signed a petition questioning the ethics of the project.