Feb. 21, 2019
Google Ends Forced Arbitration for Workers; Other Tech Companies Should As Well
Statement of Remington A. Gregg, Counsel for Civil Justice and Consumer Rights, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch Division
Note: Today, Google announced that it no longer would force current or future workers into forced arbitration for any claims against the company. Public Citizen and a coalition of nearly 50 organizations have been working for more than a year to stop tech companies from forcing workers into arbitration, an inherently pro-corporate proceeding, when they make a claim against the company.
Google did the right thing, and it should be commended. However, this announcement was possible only because of persistent Google workers who organized to protect their rights and pressured the company to do the right thing.
We have a simple message for other tech companies: It’s time for you to step up and do the right thing. Until you do, employees and groups like ours that care about access to justice will continue to call for you to put workers first and end the insidious practice of forced arbitration for workers, contractors and consumers.