Googlers are calling Congress to end forced arbitration

Google employees are organizing a telephone campaign to pressure lawmakers to legally finalize forced arbitration.

In February, Google said it would end its use of forced arbitration clauses. The clauses, which are widely used in many industries, channel employee complaints to a private legal system rather than to the courts. Critics of the policies say they give employers an advantage over workers in disputes.

But while Google abandoned the policy, some employees are seeking national legislation to ban the practice in the United States. Employees recently appeared with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to urge Congress to pass the Law of Revocation of Injunctions of Forced Arbitration (FAIR).

The employees are organizing a telephone bank for May 1 and asking people to make three calls to legislators, two to the senators of the caller and one to their representative, who promote the FAIR Act, which it was recently introduced again in the House of Representatives. Workers are also publishing a guide, which includes contact information on legislators.

"By denying access to the courts, Google denied its employees access to their rights," the employees said in a statement. "While we have seen some significant advances from our employer, we refuse to rest until all workers have all their rights."

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