At the moment, Google - like many other tech firms - resolves workplace disputes through forced arbitration, which takes employees out of the courts and requires them to waive any rights to sue or appeal. Employees will still have the option to arbitrate privately. However, the new policy would not apply to claims that have already been settled by arbitration, according to an Axios report.
Previously, Google had made arbitration optional only for disputes involving sexual harassment or sexual assault.
In a December US Congressional hearing, Rep. Pramila Jayapal asked Google CEO Sundar Pichai to voluntarily commit to ending forced arbitration for all internal employee issues around discrimination, not just issues of sexual harassment.
Google workers staged a walk out late previous year and continued to press the tech giant to drop forced arbitration. Companies like forced arbitration because it helps avoid large, costly lawsuits that lead to big payouts for workers. The Mountain View, California-based company won't require third-party companies that employ contractors for Google to institute the same changes, though.
Though some of Google's competitors in Silicon Valley may follow suit, it's unlikely many other US employers will do so.
"This victory never would have happened if workers hadn't banded together, supported one another, and walked out", tweeted the Google Walkout account. "Collective action works. Worker power works".
Google will likewise remove arbitration requirements for its extensive group of temps and contractual workers, in spite of the fact that the organization says it won't be able to control the policy that its workforce suppliers mandate on arbitration.
The group said it was working with lawmakers to introduce bills that hope to end forced arbitration for all workers, pointing out some 60 million Americans can be forced into arbitration.