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Uber will end arbitration for victims of sexual violence in ride

Uber will end arbitration for victims of sexual violence in ride

In a blog post, Uber announced that it will let sexual assault, rape, and harassment victims pursue their claims as they see fit, rather than forcing them into mandatory, private arbitration, which was previously required by Uber's terms of service.

" We believe it is extremely, crucial to enable survivors of sexual assault and unwanted sexual advances the control and company that was, honestly, removed from them because event", Uber's primary legal officer, Tony West, informed the reporter in a phone interview. The San Francisco based ride-hailing company confirms that it's ending the use of forced arbitration agreements for employees, riders, and drivers.

Christensen criticized Uber's rebooted policy for not applying to class-action cases.

The firm isn't subtle in taking a dig at Uber: in a statement, Lyft noted that Uber changed its arbitration demands just two days before facing a lawsuit.

Uber also plans to publish a safety transparency report, including data on sexual assaults and other incidents that happen on the stand. Uber has yet to bring out the details of exactly what this report will entail including what time period it will cover, but it is supposed to include the number of sexual assault complaints the company has established.

As they are but one of many companies that have "tiny print" clauses in their agreements that require arbitration in the event of a dispute, Uber understands that nearly no consumers read these until they need to, and companies do this intentionally to avoid cost and time-consuming litigation. "Victims are more likely to come forward knowing they can proceed as a group".




From now on, however, individual victims-but still not a class-will be able to choose between open court and arbitration.

"It starts with improving our product and policies, but it requires so much more, and we're in it for the long haul", West concluded in the post.

The modification comes 2 weeks after the reporter reported the outcomes of its examination, which discovered a minimum of 103 Uber motorists in the United States who have actually been implicated of sexually attacking or abusing their guests in the past 4 years.

"When I reported the situation, I was told by both HR and upper management that even though this was clearly sexual harassment and he was propositioning me, it was this man's first offense, and that they wouldn't feel comfortable giving him anything other than a warning and a stern talking-to, "she said". Hopefully, more companies will follow suit before there are problems. Uber faced a reckoning of its own previous year after former software engineer Susan Fowler wrote a poignant blog post documenting harassment she faced there.

The pressure on Uber to change its policy included an open letter that the 14 women in the class-action suit sent to the company's board of directors last month.


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