Sexual misconduct allegations have rocked Silicon Valley’s world this year.
An outpouring of accusations have shone an unavoidable spotlight on the industry’s systemic issues, and yet before Susan Fowler opened the floodgates, it was rare to witness a public claim filed against a company.
That’s largely because most major tech companies force their employees into arbitration.
On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it has gotten rid of forced arbitration agreements specifically for sexual harassment and gender discrimination claims, the New York Times reported.
The company is also throwing its support behind proposed legislation that seeks to void these agreements for employees making sexual harassment and discrimination claims.
It’s a legal move that helps maintain the image of a powerful company by ensuring any allegations made against it are dealt with in private.