Google Employees Have to Waive Right to Sue on Pornography

Courts have long held that people can sue for sexual harassment if they see pornography at work. But at Google, employees are required to waive their right to sue on those grounds, according to a lawsuit.

Google requires new employees to sign an “Adult Content Liability Release,” according to a court filing this week in the lawsuit, brought by three current and former Google employees. The group is suing Google in California state court alleging several of Google’s employment policies violate labor law. The group says the adult images waiver is illegal because companies cannot make employees give up their rights as a condition of employment.

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Emily Martin, general counsel and vice president of workplace justice at the National Women’s Law Center, said the waiver could “give employees an inaccurate impression that they don’t have rights,” she said.

“Engineers often don’t know a lot about discrimination law,” she said.

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