Google stops requiring arbitration of employment claims

It was less than a year ago that the Supreme Court ruled that employees could be required to individually arbitrate claims (and waive their right to participate in a class action), but arbitration agreements aren’t a silver bullet.  In fact, some employers are responding to local legislation and employee resistance by pulling back from arbitration requirements.

Just last week, Google responded to employee protests and announced that it would no longer require its workers to arbitrate employment related claims.  Read more about Google’s decision here.

Whether or not employee arbitration agreements make sense is a very company-specific decision.  Think carefully about what you’re trying to accomplish with these agreements and talk to your legal counsel about the risks and benefits.

4th Circuit Finds “Sleep to the Top” Rumors Can Create Hostile Work Environment Based on Gender

Last week a federal appellate court found that rumors about a female employee “sleeping her way to the top” could create a hostile work environment based on gender.  You can read more about the decision here.

Many are viewing this case as another instance of #Metoo impacting the workplace.  If you haven’t recently conducted anti-harassment training, now is the time to get it on the calendar!