Googlers are calling Congress to end forced arbitration

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Google employees are organizing a phone drive to press lawmakers to legally end forced mediation.

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

But while Google dropped the coverage, some workers are searching to prohibit the practice across the United States. Employees recently appeared alongside Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to urge Congress to pass the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act.

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The workers are organizing a phone bank for May 1st and asking to make three calls to lawmakers — two to the caller’s senators and one to their representative — pushing. The employees are also publishing a guide, which includes contact information about lawmakers.

“In denying access to the courts, Google denied its employees access to their rights,” the workers said in a statement. “While we have seen some significant strides by our company, we refuse to rest until all employees have their rights.”

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