(Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc., joining Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Microsoft Corp., said it would not force employees who filed sexual harassment claims to settle those cases in private arbitration.

The company will allow employees to pursue those claims in court if they choose, a Facebook spokesman said in an email. Also on Friday, the company published an updated policy on workplace relationships. It had publicly released its harassment policy last year.

Google earlier this week changed some policies on sexual harassment, including making arbitration optional in claims, after thousands of employees walked off the job Nov. 1 to protest how the tech giant handled sexual misconduct by some of its executives.

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