Uber won't force sexual assault survivors into arbitration

Uber won't force sexual assault survivors into arbitration

Uber won't force sexual assault survivors into arbitration

There's now no way to "reliably or accurately" compare Uber's safety to other forms of transportation, Chief Legal Officer Tony West said in the blog post announcing the move, and sexual assault is a "vastly underreported crime".

Previously, if you wanted to use Uber's app that meant you automatically agreed to terms and conditions and agreed to resolve any legal claims in an arbitration hearing. "We have learned it's important to give sexual assault and harassment survivors control of how they pursue their claims", he said.

Lyft's ride-hailing service is following market leader Uber's example and dropping a requirement that kept a lid on allegations of sexual misconduct made by its passengers and drivers.

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Uber Technologies Inc on Tuesday became the second major company to scrap mandatory arbitration to settle sexual harassment or assault claims, giving victims several options to pursue their claims including public lawsuits.

Critics have been pressuring the company to change the practice, the Times said.

Uber is changing how it handles assault claims.

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Court records in a California class-action lawsuit revealed that the ride-sharing firm has argued that female passengers who speak up about being raped in an Uber must individually settle their cases through arbitration, a private process that often results in confidentiality agreements, The Guardian reported. Uber is simultaneously publishing a safety transparency report that will include sexual assault and other safety violations.

CNN reported in April that at least 103 Uber drivers in the US have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing passengers in the last four years.

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