Facebook and Arbitration

“Facebook does not use ‘secret courts’ to handle sexual harassment cases as alleged by HuffPost. That claim is false and misleading. We have never had an employee file a sexual harassment arbitration.

Arbitration allows victims to seek justice quickly and privately without requiring the facts of their case to be aired in public. Facebook has never required confidentiality around arbitration. If an employee wants to share the details of their case with the press or anyone else, they are free to do so. 

Facebook invests in strong policies, training and reporting channels to keep our people safe. Our publicly available sexual harassment and anti-bullying policy goes above and beyond what’s required by law and makes it clear that we do not tolerate harassment of any kind. Our policies work — again, we have never had an arbitration about sexual harassment.

Harassment, discrimination and retaliation in the workplace are unacceptable, and we will never stop striving to make sure we have a safe and respectful working environment for all our people.”

–Heidi Swartz, Facebook Director & Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment

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