Settlement Structure: Claims Made
Active: OpenCase Summary:
Facebook, Inc. is paying $52 million to settle a class action alleging it did not provide a safe work environment for content moderators. Content moderators review user-generated content posted to Facebook to determine whether it violates Facebook’s Community Standards. The complaint alleged that content moderators, who may view and flag for removal graphic and objectionable material in order to make Facebook safe for the public, were subjected to an increased risk of trauma-related injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Docket Number:
Company: Facebook Inc.
Filing Deadline: March 14, 2022
Class Period: September 15, 2015 to August 14, 2020
Objection Deadline: October 23, 2020
Exclusion Deadline: October 23, 2020
Final Approval Hearing: November 20, 2020Proof of Purchase:
If you wish to apply for more than the basic $1,000 payment, you must have your medical provider complete a Diagnosis Verification Form that attests that you have a Qualifying Diagnosis resulting in whole or in part from your work for Facebook. You should also provide documentation, including a personal declaration, supporting statements from others, receipts, credit card statements, doctor’s notes, or the like. Declarations or statements must include at the end the statement, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the state of California that the foregoing is true and correct” and must be signed and dated by the person making the statement.Eligibility:
You may be eligible if you are a current or former content moderator who worked for Facebook in California, Arizona, Texas, or Florida, as an employee or subcontractor of a Facebook vendor, between September 15, 2015 and August 14, 2020.Typical Settlement Amount:
Benefits: (1) Automatic $1,000 payment in exchange for a release of claims. (2) For those with Qualifying Diagnoses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, a possible further payment for damages, in one of four amounts, up to $50,000. (3) Facebook will make reforms to its workplace practices and require that US Facebook vendors provide things like on-site coaching and standardized resiliency measures, such as maintaining licensed clinicians who are familiar with PRSD who are available during every shift; and implement tooling enhancements such as the ability to view images in black and white or to blur images.
Total Settlement Amount: $52 millionClass Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:
Burns Charest LLP
Joseph Saveri Law Firm, Inc.
Law Office of William Most
Case Name: Selena Scola, et al. v. Facebook, Inc.
Settlement Website: Facebook Content Moderators Settlement Website
Epiq Class Action & Claims Solutions, Inc.
Scola, et al. v. Facebook
P.O. Box 3748
Portland, OR 97208-3748