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Franken Amendment Can't Save Ex-Google Staffer's Bias Suit

Law360 (September 14, 2018, 11:00 PM EDT) -- An ex-Google engineer must arbitrate her proposed class action alleging the company fosters a work environment hostile to women, a California judge ruled Friday, saying the Franken Amendment, which prohibits the government from contracting with companies that require arbitration for sexual harassment claims, didn't apply to her case.

Plaintiff Loretta Lee sued the Silicon Valley giant earlier this year, claiming that for seven years she was subjected to various forms of sexual harassment, which ranged from lewd comments and immature pranks to physical violence, according to the suit. Hired as one of Google’s few female software engineers when she was 26, she eventually...

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